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Artificial Sweeteners – not worth the substitution!

Julie Vecera

Acupuncturist, Nutritionist, Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner and the creator of the Fertility Lifestyle Program
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Artificial Sweeteners – not worth the substitution!

There’s plenty of research showing that artificial sweeteners are not only unhealthy but can actually do the opposite of what they claim. Even ‘natural’ sweeteners, such as Stevia, can play a trick on your body.

Artificial sweeteners are hundreds, even sometimes thousands times sweeter than sugar. So, although the caloric intake may be less the taste buds still respond according to the high-intensity of the sweetness. This then makes our taste buds less receptive to the natural sweetness of foods such as fruit. When this happens our senses are dulled and we’re prone to seek out sweeter and sweeter foods.

Hormones: When your mouth tastes the sweetness it responds in much the same way as it would with sugar. Your body still releases insulin which leads to blood sugar spikes and then increases cravings for more sugar. Studies have even gone as far as to say that artificial sweeteners cause us to feel hungrier due to the effect they have on a hormone called GLP-1, which controls our blood sugar levels and lets us know when we’re full and satisfied. This then leads to weight gain. A study at the University of Texas actually showed that people who drank diet sodas were 65% more likely to be overweight compared to those who drank regular soda. Ironic isn’t it!

Possible health concerns with artificial sweeteners include:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • abdominal pain and cramps
  • change in vision
  • diarrhoea
  • seizures
  • memory loss
  • fatigue
  • anxiety attacks
  • joint pain
  • numbness in legs
  • fibromyalgia symptoms
  • unexplained depression
  • MS
  • lupus
  • links to various cancers
    (These symptoms were linked more with Aspartame and Saccharin)

We recommend a diet low in all sugar products. Coconut sugar, good quality raw sugar, honey and beetroot sugar would be the better choices, but in very small doses. Let’s face it – anything sweet should be a treat!

Dr Julie Rani Vecera is a Chinese Medical Practitioner, Nutritional Advisor and Acupuncturist. She is available for private consultations in various locations in Melbourne or via Skype. For more information please contact or

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