Antioxidants in artificial sweeteners

Essential knowledge

I was watching a bit of TV last night, and saw a commercial that made me cringe in utter disbelief: There are antioxidants in artificial sweeteners now.

How did I miss this? Did I fall off the planet? Or just go someplace not completely controlled by agribusiness?

Apparently, Splenda has launched an entire line of nutraceuticals that include all sorts of things, from the antioxidants I just mentioned to fiber to B-vitamins. They’re calling it Splenda “Essentials.”

First of all, I don’t care how many vitamins you add to it, there is nothing “essential” about Splenda–or any other artificial sweetener, for that matter.

They are nothing but chemicals in the strictest sense of the word. And they’re actually an enormous contributor to the obesity epidemic raging through the country. How can that be, you wonder? After all, they don’t have any calories.

That may be true, but they also don’t really satisfy you, which means you wind up eating more to make up for it. In fact, research has shown that artificial sweeteners are directly linked to weight gain and obesity.

You’re much better off sticking to stevia (real stevia…not the hyped-up, chemically altered versions that are becoming more and more common in supermarkets)–and getting your “essentials” from the truly satisfying foods included in my New Hamptons Health Miracle, with some additional support from a good, quality multivitamin.