I recently noticed that the label on a friend’s bottle of “Orangina Lite” proudly stated, “No sugar, artificial colors or flavors.” It looked so healthy that I mistook it for a claim that it didn’t contain any artificial sweeteners. The ingredients list, however, revealed that it contains aspartame. In a legal sense, I suppose the claim is correct, but it is hardly fair. A quick glance at the bottle indicates that it contains no artificial ingredients, and my friend (who is well-informed and opposed to additives) had purchased it for her 4-year-old son. Parents are urged to believe that this is a healthy, natural beverage.
Here’s a scary study that shows daily diet soda consumption is linked to a 36 percent increased risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes:
For the love of God, why isn’t this more widely publicized? It’s a huge leap of 67 percent!
This article’s website is well worth a look around because it contains a wealth of research on the effects of sugar, fructose, and artificial sweeteners. Basically, none of them appear to be of much use to you! And fructose (which is sometimes marketed as a “healthy fruit sugar” by our food industry friends) appears to be worse than glucose. (Fructose is found in both sugar and high fructose corn syrup.)
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to buy anything processed in America (even a sandwich) that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. I also wasted a half-hour scouring the supermarket for yogurt that hadn’t been stripped of most of its goodness. There was no full-fat yogurt, and certainly none of my favorite Greek yogurts, so I had to give up. Of course, the irony was in the size of the people who chose the “zero fat” versions. I was tempted to take a photo, but I was worried that my “large belly framed by low-fat yogurt” composition would offend someone.
Insanity, according to Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So far, eating low-fat yogurt and diet soda has resulted in an obese America; I’m not sure why everyone is still doing it. Are the people insane or have they been brainwashed for profit?