Dangerous Sweeteners To Eliminate From Your Daily Diet!

Have you been eating sugar for a long time, but have recently decided to go on a diet that restricts it? Switching to artificial sweeteners does help, but are they all bad for you? Well, some are and some aren’t, depending on how much you can believe of what companies and our own government tell us.

The best thing to do is to use natural sweeteners like raw honey or pure maple syrup, but if you’re on a low carb diet, you really may not have a choice. Honey, for instance, is very high in carbs, so in order to make things sweet-ish, you’ll have to rely on sweeteners. Below we will go through the worst sweeteners first, and then the best (until further research tells us otherwise).

Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low, Generic Pink Packets)

saccharin packets

Saccharin used to contain a label that warned people of its consumption possibly causing cancer, but that label was taken off by the FDA. I personally don’t trust any government organizations with your food, as most of them are corrupt, paid off by companies. This sweetener is made from coal tar, accidentally discovered by a chemist who worked with coal tar.

It’s made with anthranilic acid (used to corrode metal), ammonia, chlorine, nitrous acid, and sulfur dioxide. As early as 1907, it was deemed dangerous for people’s health by a director in the USDA. Five years later, the public was told it was safe, but by 1972, the FDA tried to have it banned without success. It was known to cause cancer in lab rats, but saccharin stayed on the shelves with a warning label, instead of fully protecting the public from it.

Aside from those studies on rats, saccharin has been linked to breathing problems, rashes, diarrhea, headaches and allergies. Nevertheless, people still consume it and now that there’s no warning label, they may never know of the dangers if they don’t read about it. It can be in our foods already as well, so always look at ingredients, especially with baby foods.

Aspartame (Equal, Generic Blue Packets)


Found in most diet sodas and sugar free foods, Aspartame is made from aspartic acid and phenylalanine, which are both amino acids. It is broken down by the body, unlike saccharin, and can be withheld in different areas throughout the body, causing side effects immediately or more slowly over time. However, it’s still a debate as to whether it’s truly bad for you, even though many people are complaining about their symptoms after ingesting aspartame.

There have been reactions of side effects including the eyes, ears, nerves, dizziness, headaches, depression, heart palpitations, and many more, including very serious ailments and life threatening diseases. This is definitely one to stay away from, and it’s in many more products than you might realize.

Splenda (Sucralose, Yellow Packets)


Splenda is 600 times sweeter than sugar, so many people use it when they are reducing their sugar consumption, thinking that it’s a great alternative. It does have one good thing going for it, and that is the fact that it’s not fully absorbed by the body. So maybe there’s a chance all those harmful chemicals will not affect us as much. However…

Many people think Splenda is like sugar, because that’s what they’ve been told, but that’s not true. It was accidentally discovered in the middle of a new insecticide experiment. Although it’s true that Splenda was originally sugar, so many chemicals were added that it ended up being very different from sugar. The addition of chlorine is what is most concerning, as it is a known carcinogen, but not enough studies have been conducted on what it’s actually doing to our bodies.

Side effects of consuming Splenda include skin irritation, breathing conditions like wheezing and coughing, heart palpitations, bloating and much more. One of the ingredients in Splenda is maltodextrin, which is in many foods and causes a spike in insulin. It is a carbohydrate that adds bulk to the packets, and not only is it not good for you, but it’s completely unnecessary. The other ingredient, dextrose, is not much better.

Acesulfame K


This sweetener has been around since the late 80’s, yet many people have never heard of it or knew it was being used in their food and drinks. It is 200 times sweeter than sugar and is also known as acesulfame potassium or Ace-K. It’s made with methylene chloride, a chemical used as a paint remover (yeah, think about THAT!) that can cause airway irritation and skin problems.

It also has been known to cause cancer, nausea, headaches, liver and kidney problems, and much more. The frightening thing is that the FDA is not requiring that this chemical be tested for its effects on humans when they consume it. Stay away from this one at all costs, if you possibly can. Do your due diligence and read ingredients on food and drinks so you can avoid products containing these chemicals, and your body will thank you for it.


neotame chemical

This sweetener was approved in 2002 by the FDA, supposedly to become the new aspartame, only without the phenylalanine (the chemical in aspartame that causes a problem for people). It is up to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar and the FDA has said it’s safe, but can we really trust them at this point? They said others were safe as well, but none of these are safe.

Many companies claim to have done testing on their products, but they are allowed to get away with so much because of laws that make it easier for them to sneak by. The findings they came up with are not available to the public, which is a concern in itself. No one knows what long-term effects this will have on our bodies. It isn’t even a requirement to be listed in the ingredients of foods/drinks, which is pretty scary, and only proves that the FDA does not have our health in mind.

These five sweeteners are a big no-no, and you would be wise to avoid them if you can. If you must use a sweetener, then you might as well just use a little bit of natural sugar, raw honey, or real maple syrup. However, all hope is not lost when it comes to sweeteners, and we will examine those in our next article.

Ketogenic Diet VS Paleo Diet: Which One Is Better?

If you are curious about the Ketogenic diet and then wondered if it is better than Paleo diet, you’re in the right spot.  Watch this video and share your comments with us. We will be discussing the details of both diets (and more) in a dedicated post.

PS. Neither one is “better”; you should apply a lifestyle diet change that works for you, your cravings, and your body!


10 Under Rated Foods That Will Burn The Fat Off Your Body!

While there are many foods that are healthy for the body, there are certain ones that will actually rev up your metabolism and help you to burn fat on your weight loss journey.

Included below this article will be foods that are extremely healthy in terms of essential vitamins and minerals, but they do not focus as much on fat burning as these foods we are going to discuss:

1. Whole Grains

bowls of grains

Whole grain foods include barley, oatmeal, brown and black rice, corn, quinoa, rye, spelt, and bulgur. Oatmeal can be somewhat high in carbs, but it has 4 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per cup and can keep you feeling fuller longer. Steel cut oats are superior to instant oats because they have a much lower glycemic index. Try to make oatmeal with a natural sweetener, like honey and mix it with fruit for a more complete breakfast.

Brown rice has 2 grams of both protein and fiber in each half cup serving, along with a nice variety of minerals and some vitamins. A study was conducted where one group of people ate only white rice and one ate only a brown and black mixed rice. The mixed rice group lost more weight and body fat than the white rice group. Black rice is rich in antioxidants, low in fat, and has the highest amount of protein of any rice. Cook it with a lot of water though, as this rice has been found to contain arsenic.

2. Lean Meats

lean meats

Our bodies burn 30% of the calories in whichever lean meat we are eating just to break it down and digest it. Lean meats include pork tenderloin, lamb chops, veal cutlets, chicken breasts, turkey cutlets, and leaner beef cuts. Meat is rich in B vitamins, iron, magnesium and zinc. If you’re thinking of drinking whey protein shakes for protein instead of meat, you may want to rethink that. Those shakes do not provide the same amount of vitamins and minerals as real meat. Also, they can add carbs, sugar, and unhealthy chemicals.

3. Low Fat Dairy Products


A diet high in low fat dairy has been shown to be twice as effective as just a low calorie diet that was low in dairy. Calcium found in dairy (not supplements) boosts weight loss by breaking down the fat in fat cells. The phosphorus and magnesium in dairy aid the calcium’s effect on this breakdown of fat, and proteins help muscles and increase metabolism. However, only a certain amount of calories per day should be from dairy.

Among the best dairy products are organic milk, hard cheeses, Greek yogurt, and cottage cheese. Organic milk is less salty than regular milk, has Omega-3 fatty acids to lower insulin levels, and other essential nutrients that are lower or missing in regular milk. Hard cheeses like parmesan, cheddar and pecorino romano are higher in fat and salt, but also high in calcium. Because the cheese is dry, the calcium becomes concentrated, so the softer and more a cheese crumbles, the less calcium it will have.

Greek yogurt is a powerhouse in itself, as it is not only a good source of calcium, but it has a nice amount of protein as well. It has double the amount of protein as regular yogurt, as well as lower carbs, but it does not have more calcium. Greek yogurt has half the sodium, but costs twice as much due to demand and being high in protein.

4. Green And White Teas

green and white teas

Green tea is well known for being an aid to weight loss, as well as having high antioxidants to fight free radicals in the body (the type that can cause cancer). Both of these teas are minimally processed, which keeps their antioxidant properties intact. However, it is in this area that white tea is far superior, containing three times as much antioxidants than green tea.

The reason white tea has more is because it is not fermented, and green tea is. It is even less processed than green tea, therefore having more antiviral and antibacterial properties. However, you are still getting a good source of antioxidants from green tea, and both are good for the skin as well as boosting the immune system.

White tea is very delicate, so in order to keep the benefits, it must be brewed in water at a lower temperature, whereas green tea can be brewed when the water is almost boiling. White tea is three times as expensive as green because of its lack of processing and the fact that not as much is produced. It has a light subtle flavor vs green having a grassy flavor. If you can’t afford the white, go with the green, because you will still reap the good benefits. Or if you can splurge a little, why not do both?

5. Hot Peppers


Hot peppers like the jalapeno, habanero, serrano, and poblano all contain capsaicin, which is what gives peppers their heat. The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it is likely to contain, and also the more painful it is to eat! Capsaicin helps to turn white fat into brown fat inside your body, which helps you burn more calories. Brown fat heats up to burn the white fat cells, the same effect you’d get if you spent time in colder temperatures.

Peppers are involved in a study to fight cancer, since the capsaicin binds to a protein of certain cells, making tumor cells commit suicide. Scientists are also trying to develop a diet supplement containing capsaicin to prevent and combat obesity. How great to hear of both of these things! Contrary to popular belief, removing the seeds from a pepper will not make it less hot. Most of the capsaicin is concentrated in the white ribs on the inside of the pepper.

6. Peanut Butter

organic peanut

Peanut butter, in moderation (up to 3 Tbsp a day) boosts testosterone (not just good for men), is good for muscles, and prevents weight gain. As long as you set aside the calories for it, it’s a delicious, satisfying, rich treat to have instead of an unhealthy snack. It also contains mono and poly unsaturated fats, which both help to reduce blood cholesterol levels, control blood sugar levels, making it especially great for people with type 2 diabetes. Add it to your smoothies (with banana and milk, yum!), spread it on whole wheat toast, or have it by itself!

7. Grapefruit


Most people cringe when they think of eating grapefruit. But if you can handle it, eating half of a grapefruit a day add lycopene (cancer fighter) and vitamin C to your diet, but that’s not all. It also has a nice amount of fiber, which helps to keep you fuller longer, stabilizes blood sugar by reducing insulin levels, and the mere smell of it helps with cravings. Lower levels of insulin helps your body to use food for energy instead of storing it as fat. Be sure to check with your doctor if you’re taking medications whose absorption could be affected by grapefruit.

8. Avocados


Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, which helps lower bad cholesterol, oleic acid which can reduce abdominal fat. It also allows your body to absorb 3-5 times more carotenoids (disease fighting agents that also help with weight loss) when added to a salad. Avocados fight free radicals (disease causing compounds) in your body at a molecular level, deeper than other foods can go.

There are also other benefits to eating avocados. It reduces hunger, has a high amount of fiber and over 60% of your daily vitamin K (helps to control blood sugar). You can spread it on toast, have it in salads, cook with avocado oil (if you can afford it), or make guacamole. Guacamole has added ingredients that will only add the health benefits of the avocado, like tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and limes.

9. Dark Chocolate

dark chocolate

Not everyone likes the bitterness of dark chocolate, but in moderation, it can help to burn fat as fuel instead of storing it, and works to reduce inflammation in the body. It helps to lower blood pressure and increase circulation, as well as preventing spikes in blood sugar levels, which in turn keeps you from overeating.

Dark chocolate also aids in blocking the absorption of fats and carbs during digestion and contains anandamide, a lipid that gives you a feeling of well being. Anandamide is usually easily broken down, so you don’t experience the benefits for too long, but the chemicals in dark chocolate suspend that breakdown, allowing you to feel better for longer. Make sure to only have a serving three times a week, as it is high in calories, but don’t worry about the fat. Dark chocolate has three kinds of fat, and two of them cancel out the third bad one. Make sure to buy chocolate that contains at least 70% cacao.

10. Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegars

Drinking apple cider vinegar before a meal helps to lower blood sugar and interfere with the body digesting starch. Less starch breaking down means less calories absorbed, thus having an effect on weight loss. You can add it to water before a meal or use it in place of balsamic vinegar in salad dressings.

Apple cider vinegar can be used for many things, including a facial toner, spray cleaner, mouthwash, and a post workout tonic for fatigue, among others. For consumption, it’s better to get the organic version, as it has a mix of beneficial enzymes, fiber, and bacteria. The more cloudy it looks, the better it will work to clean your whole system.

Honorable Mentions!

mixed salad

In conjunction with the fat busters listed above, these fat burning foods are healthy additions to any diet and have their own benefits, which will be discussed later: berries, cinnamon, watermelon, apples, sweet potatoes, broth based soups, lemon water, green leafy vegetables, garlic, eggs, fatty fish, nuts, beans, tomatoes.