Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.


No to Artificial Sweeteners

Monday, 18 October 2010 08:57 AM

Question: Are artificial sugar substitutes OK?

Dr. Brownstein’s Answer:

No. Artificial sweeteners are often toxic to the body and need to be avoided. Sugar substitutes are recommended by many physicians and health agencies, including the American Diabetic Association, as a way to lose weight. The United States uses more artificial sweeteners than any other country. Presently, the United States is the most obese country. The research shows that the use of artificial sweeteners does not prevent obesity.

Sugar substitutes are known as aspartame (examples include NutraSweet and Equal), saccharin (Sweet’N Low), and sucralose (Splenda).

The most common artificial sweetener used is aspartame. It is added to more than 6,000 foods and many pharmaceuticals, including many children’s liquid medications.

Our experiences shows that consuming large amounts of aspartame may actually cause many health problems, including obesity. We have found that it is very difficult for people to lose weight if they are consuming large amounts of aspartame. In addition, there are many neurological disorders and immune system disorders exacerbated by aspartame. Aspartame should not be used in any amount and should be avoided.

Sucralose is a newer sweetener marketed as Splenda. However, sucralose, which has two chlorine molecules per molecule of sucralose, can lead to thyroid and other hormonal problems. Sucralose should be avoided.

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