More than you might think!
At first I noticed this relation when some of my pupils told me that they would use sweeteners for pig fattening on the farms nearby and not only there but everywhere. Sweeteners used for fattening!? Yes, the pigs would get much more hungry and therefore they would gain much more weight.
Sweeteners also cause health problems. I always used to laugh at my mother when she told me that my diet coke - I used to drink up to 1 1/2 liters a day - was dangerous. I laughed at her, because she always came along with some horror stories she read in the yellow press. But I noticed that there were at least a few sweeteners that caused problems. For instance sugar free candies, which are all made with Sorbit (I don't know the English word for Sorbit) instead of sugar. After eating a special amount of these candies I used to get stomach cramps. Once I noticed the connection between Sorbit and my stomach cramps I always made sure that candies are made with sugar or that I don't eat more than one candy at a time.
The food industry does not care if we get sick of their products, they only want profit. Sweeteners are cheaper than sugar and "light" products sell better than normal products since there is this hype of being slim and slimmer. And sweeteners are only one small topic according to what they mix into our food. It is an unappetizing topic. Once started to investigate what they put into our food you never ever eat a convenience product again, promise!
But for today I want to warn you: Don't drink any diet sodas! It may cause a lot of problems more than stomach cramps, like depression, kidney problems, obesity, pain in your bones and brain damage. Here is an article I read on facebook:
... I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature ofthis sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAMEconverts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causesmetabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis andsystemic lupus. Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although multiplesclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is! Systemic lupus hasbecome almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke andDiet Pepsi drinkers.The victim usually does not know that the Aspartameis the culprit. He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degreethat it may become a life-threatening condition. We have seen patients withsystemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas. In cases ofthose diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear.... If you are using ASPARTAME (Nutra Sweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc)and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains,numbness in your legs,Cramps,Vertigo,Dizziness,Headaches,Tinnitus,Joint pain,Unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech,blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning ...
Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM(salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you cravecarbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!
These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells,particularlyin the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and isused primarily to preserve 'tissue specimens.'
... Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics.We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient withretinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame. The Aspartame drivesthe blood sugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory lossdue to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC whentaken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance.Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE.. Especially with diabetics, theAspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neuronsof the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, Seizures, Depression,Manic depression, Panic attacks, Uncontrollable anger and rage.Consumptionof Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well.Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands ofchildren diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnaroundsin their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet....
And if you still not believe in what you read, here is another article about sweeteners like Aspartame: 7 Side Effects Of Drinking Diet Soda
We aren't drinking or using sweeteners since a couple of years now. We prefer to eat real sugar, but we try to reduce the use of it. That does not mean that we can't drink diet soda anymore, but we do it only on very rare occasions. This stuff makes you addicted. If you don't use it consequently for a time you will notice that you don't need it any more. We have got very good water in Germany. It comes out of the water cock and does not cost much. It is healthy and cheap! And if you are used to it you don't need sodas any more. Also the carbonic acid in beverages can't be good if you use to drink it regularly.
I'm no health fanatic, and I still drink sodas and eat convenience food, but I don't do this very often since I learned a lot about the common policy of the food industry. This knowledge made me feel sick thinking of what we use to eat or drink. Go back to simple recipes of the past and buy fresh veggies and fruit and potatoes, if you can on a local farmer's market. If you prepare your meals yourself you control the ingrediences.
In this meaning: Enjoy your meals! With sugar, few sugar, but sugar!