You cannot fool Mother Nature

No matter how hard you try. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I hate hippies. But you can disapprove of someone and still acknowledge some good things, such as the whole natural foods movement. I’m a huge believer in eating as naturally as you can. Processed foods are the devil. And no matter how many times someone makes a zero-calorie sweetener, it will always be worse for you than plain old sugar.

A byproduct of sucralose, a chemical found in the popular zero-calorie sweetener Splenda, has been shown to cause damage to DNA, raise the risk of cancer and cause leaks in the gut lining, according to a new study from North Carolina State University.

Splenda is used as a sugar substitute in thousands of foods, beverages, desserts and candies. The product contains 1.10% sucralose. The sucralose ingredient is manufactured by Tate & Lyle in the U.K. and the Splenda brand is owned by Heartland Food Products Group in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The study, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, found that a metabolite of sucralose, called sucralose-6-acetate, is “genotoxic.” 

Quite honestly if it doesn’t come from nature, it’s not going to be good for you. And even if it DID come from nature there might be a chance it’ll kill you. But un-natural sweeteners are some of the worst. Your body can’t really handle them, and many of them still produce an insulin response even though there’s no sugar. It’s just bad news all around.

The thing is, sugar is ADDICTIVE. Try going without it cold turkey and see how you feel. The wife and I have pretty much cut sugar out of our diet to the point where when she adds carrots and red onions to a soup, we can taste the sweetness. We still enjoy sweets, but not in the quantities that we enjoyed as young pups. I tend towards dark chocolate, less sugar and more flavor.

So yeah, I hate hippies but I love natural food. I think processed carbohydrates are killing Americans. And if more people ate grass fed beef, the world would be a better place.


    • Evil Franklin on June 23, 2023 at 7:31 AM

    As long as it’s not organic.

    Evil Franklin

    1. Organic is Latin for “Grown in Shit”.

      In all seriousness, the “organic” label doesn’t have any real meaning other than some government board put their stamp on you. I’ve seen the nastiest chemicals used on “organic” veggies, and I’ve had hormone-free, pasture raised pork that was as natural as it gets, but because they didn’t have the gummint seal of approval they couldn’t call it “organic”. The label doesn’t really mean jack squat to me.

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