Let's start out with a candylious game and see how much you already know about candy. Ready? Let's go!
So how did you do?
Knowing that you shouldn't eat more than 25g of sugar a day really makes you rethink candy doesn't it?
But if you're going to fall off the wagon, if you're going to binge eat, or just "take one piece"...
Here are the Top 10 Worst Candies to eat starting with the least amount of sugar.
Top 10 Worst Candies To Eat
...And the number one, highest sugar content candy is...
The next time you have a candy craving, check this list out before you get your sugar high on.
To learn more about sugar and why it's so harmful to you, checkout our other articles on sugar by clicking below.
What Splenda Isn’t Telling You
Wouldn’t it be great if the phrase “Aspartame Free” meant it was safe? Wouldn’t it also be nice that a “Zero Calorie Sweetner” actually had zero calories? And lastly, wouldn’t it be nice to know that this product has been thoroughly studied and found safe for regular use?
That’s what the creators of this synthetically created chemical would have you believe, but those are all lies.
“Sucralose was discovered by Tate & Lyle and researchers at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, in 1976. Tate & Lyle subsequently developed sucralose-based Splenda products in partnership with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. “ - Wikipedia
When we are talking about Sucralose, we are talking about Splenda, and we are talking about Johnson & Johnson; the same company who threatened to sue Dr. Mercola when he was writing his book “Sweet Deception” about artificial sweeteners. So what is so bad and what is so deceptive about Splenda, after all, it is “made from sugar”.
It’s NOT Zero Calories
Splenda is made from 2 essential ingredients: Sucralose and some form of Maltodextrin. What is Maltodextrin? “While technically a complex carbohydrate because of it's low-sugar content, maltodextrin has a glycemic index of 130 (table sugar is only 65). A high glycemic index means that it goes through the digestive system and into the bloodstream very quickly.” (Read more about it HERE)
So if Maltodextrin basically is sugar, why are they putting it in a sugar free package? Moreover, 1 package of Splenda has about 4 calories… not zero. So, how do they get away with this? Well, like most things, with loopholes. Any time a product contains less than 1g of sugar, it can legally be called “sugar free”, even if it isn’t. Splenda is not sugar free.
Sucralose by itself doesn’t affect blood sugar levels, but because it is mixed with the maltodextrin, it is something that people with Type 1 Diabetes need to be aware of. Saying that Splenda is made from sugar so it tastes like sugar is a ridiculous claim considering that each packet contains 99% Maltodextrin (sugar) and less than 1% of Sucralose. Why? Because Sucralose is 600x sweeter than than sugar, so they can’t just give folks 1 sand grain of it. They need to give it a bulking agent, which is what Maltodextrin does.
Synthetic Covalently Bonded Chloride Compounds
The difference between Sucrose(sugar) and Sucralose(Splenda) is but a few atoms, but which atoms they are matter.
In order to create Sucralose, you remove a 3 select hydrogen-oxygen groups from sugar and replace them with three chlorine atoms.
Now before you completely fall asleep or zone out like you did in 10th grade, let me tell you why this matters to you.
Chlorine doesn’t bond with with organic matter, meaning, that nowhere in nature will you ever find choline “naturally” bonded to anything. When scientists synthetically bond chlorine to matter, it is called Synthetic Covalently Bonded Chloride Compound.
What products have Chlorine Bonded Compounds?
DDT PCBs Agent Orange Splenda
Because it is syntactically bonded, and because nature can not create it, your body also has no enzymes to break it down. Most of it gets digested, but there’s still plenty of this neurotoxin left in your body even up to 5 days later.
Studies Haven’t Proven Anything
The food industry isn’t much different from the drug companies when it comes to deceptive practices. The FDA was built to protect consumers by regulating drug and food manufactures. But it has become just another monster program that bends to will of corporations with large checkbooks while the American people continue to suffer and are billed for it.
The FDA requires that studies be done to prove or disprove the effectiveness and truth of a product on the market, but they don’t require that these be independently funded studies. (catching on yet?)
Splenda was introduced as the alternative to aspartame, after it’s predecessor had gotten a bad rep.
0% of the Splenda studies showed any ill health effects, and so the FDA let it sail right through, even the American Diabetes Association was on the party wagon. 0 calories. 0 sugar. 0 health issues.
But 90% of independent studies proven them wrong. Nutrisweet, like aspartame, killed 6,000 people before it was pulled. A few more studies were done by the same companies who made the product, and it was back on the shelf, “new and improved”.
Splenda has the same story line, and we are watching history repeat itself at the expense of human lives.
Less than 10% of the studies conducted pertained to the safety of Splenda. As a matter of fact, 15 were about safety, and 13 were funded by the company who makes Splenda. That’s about as fair and balanced as a Sean Hannity episode.
The longest safety study (for people who would eat it everyday) was for 4 days. That’s right. Four days.
“Sucralose has no affect on blood sugar levels” is an accurate statement, however 99% of the packet is maltodextrin (sugar) and less than 1% is the Sucralose. So what are you actually eating? Maltodextrin, a sugar bulking agent, which, is about 4 calories after ingestion. Sucralose has the same founding bonding ingredients as the world’s most toxin chemicals, which your body can not break down.
Eating some every now and again won’t kill you but neither would sniffing wasp spray, but you’re not doing that are you? The problem comes when a Type 1 Diabetic orders a tea and adds 10 Splenda packets. (who really just uses one anyway?)
If 1 packet has 4 calories and a less than 1g of sugar then our Diabetic friend just had 40 calories and let’s say about 5g of sugar.
Now if our friend does this daily, or several times a week, over a long period of time, that’s where our serious concern comes in. Splenda is known to give migraines because it’s a neurotoxin. It doesn’t completely leave your body and gets absorbed into your fatty tissue.
You and your family are the guinea pigs here, taking synthetically created chemicals to avoid the dangers of another.
Sucralose, otherwise known as Splenda is an unnatural and unhealthy product that we recommend all our Members abstain from.
BHT: The Bad Health Toxin
What if I told you that you were eating the same chemical found in cosmetics, jet fuels, rubber, embalming fluid, and electrical transformer oil? You’d be pretty grossed out right? But you’d also think I was exaggerating, or trying to frighten you. After all, we have the famous Food and Drug Administration, surely they wouldn’t allow toxins in our food, right?
BHT stands for Butylated Hydroxytoluene. It is used to prevent oxidation in a lot of our prepackaged foods, but also in cosmetics and other products as mentioned above.
Both BHA/BHT are banned in European countries and Japan, but still allowed by the United States. Many large chemical companies perform their tests in smaller countries, in poor countries, and take advantage of their land and their people by poisoning their land and their people. Then, after sufficient trials, bring their goods to America and sell it to our people.
So it is only natural and right, that the countries affected by the chemical and drug companies first, should be the ones to also ban them first. But there’s a lot of money riding on this, and in today’s world, sadly, that puts the consumer in the back seat.
On my personal road to healing, my first step was to eat as clean and basic as possible. As I got better, I slowly added in more foods, and was easily able to determine what caused my pain.
I quickly learned that even “healthy” gluten free snacks caused me pain and it took me several months of study and experimentation to diagnose it.
As someone with multiple auto immune diseases (Fibromyalgia, RA, Lupus, Tachycardia etc) my symptoms came on within 10 minutes of ingesting anything with BHA/BHT in it. Generally the discomfort would begin in my neck/shoulders, as a stiffness or tired muscles, and then it would flow to my arms, making me want to rub them constantly, and, if I ate too much, the pain would later reach my legs and finally my feet 1-2 hours later. BHT also caused me significant fatigue, feeling as if my legs were concrete and all I could way lay in bed exhausted.
If you are someone who is impacted by disease and are currently in contact discomfort, you may not notice the effects of BHT as much, but once you stop eating it everyday, you will not only feel better, but you’ll be able to immediately tell when food does contain BHT/BHA.
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) in 2005 (11 years ago!) listed BHT as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” on the basis of experimental animal testing. Symptoms of BHT poisoning in adults are insomnia, increased appetite, loss of energy, liver and kidney damage, fetal abnormalities, mental and physical retardation, cancer and baldness.
But just incase my words and the NTP’s findings aren’t enough, the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) warns that “BHT should not be allowed to enter the environment, can cause liver damage, and is harmful to aquatic organisms.” So why it is in your cereal, crackers, bread, meat, waffles, chips, health bars, and more?
Because it’s cheaper.
If you think that these companies actually care about your health, you sorely mistaken. They could care less about you. They care about one thing, and that’s net profit. Sadly, millions of American’s are being slowly poisoned to death in the name of profit.
BHT is approved for use the United States, but because it is banned nearly everywhere else in the world, creating two batches of the same product became too difficult. General Mills for example, removed BHT from Cheerios, Trix, Kix, and Lucky Charms and replaced it with the all natural alternative, vitamin E (and mixed with tocopherols). But is this because they suddenly care about you? Or is it because those are their top grossing cereals and it’s now cheaper to just produce 1 version rather than two? And if General Mills knows BHT is bad, why are they still using it in their other products just in the U.S?
Other simple and healthy ways to keep food fresh include friendly antioxidants like vitamin A and C, or extracts of thyme and rosemary.
It’s essential for you to start reading the ingredients and not the labels. BHT/BHA are the top 2 nervous system stressors that are in a variety of dried goods, packaged foods and crackers/chips. Take this horrible toxin out of your diet and you’re guaranteed to start feeling better. Those sore, aching muscles will begin to lighten, and you’ll be further on your path to health!
To learn about reading labels, food shopping, and more- we highly recommend taking our 6 month Eat2Live 101 Course. Find out more by visiting our website, www.Eat2Live2Love.com