The three worst sweeteners you could possibly use, especially if you are on the HCG Diet

Which sweeteners can wreck your HCG Diet experience, not to mention your health?

Aspartame

This sweetener is an excitotoxin, according to Russell Blaylock, and it can make you hungrier and fuel addictions to sweets and starches. Aspartame-induced DNA damage was shown in the Trocho Study in Barcelona in 1998, caused by the free methyl alcohol converting to formaldehyde, which then accumulates in cells to damage your DNA, causing toxicity in the liver and fat cells. Other studies show aspartame causes cancer in mice and rats. Aspartame (found in the blue packets in restaurants) is sold as NutraSweet, Equal, and other names now that the original patent has expired. Neotame is the newest patent on a similar sweetener, also to be avoided due to similar concerns.

Splenda

“Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar,” was the original slogan. In reality, Splenda (sucralose) is closer in molecular structure to many pesticides than it is to sugar, after the pairs of oxygen and hydrogen atoms in sugar are replaced with chlorine, a known carcinogen. Like many pesticides, sucralose is a chlorocarbon, a type of organic compound containing at least one covalently bonded chlorine atom.

Studies show that only 70-80% of Splenda is excreted. Wonder where the rest goes?  Ironically, although most folks will only absorb about 15% of sucralose, the healthier your gastrointestinal tract is, the more likely that more of the chlorine in Splenda will be absorbed by your body.

In a particularly disturbing study by Duke University in 2008, rats that were fed Splenda (sucralose) for only three months gained 9%-12% more weight than those that were not. Even more frightening, those rats continued to gain more after the Splenda was discontinued.  Splenda is the yellow packets in restaurants.

Stevia in the Raw

I consider this one the sociopath of sweeteners, with no conscience at all. How can you name something as being “IN THE RAW,” therefore implying that it is all-natural and healthy, while loading it with sugar? So many HCG Dieters have been taken in by this name, it is just horrifying. They use the product thinking that they have the very best pure stevia, since it is called “IN THE RAW,” all the while sabotaging their chances for completing the diet successfully and maintaining. We see it all the time, the poor HCG Dieter who can’t figure out why they aren’t losing weight as they had expected to do. I’ve had coaching clients that came in to their coaching experience using this product, only to discover that it was probably the single most harmful choice that they had made. I’ll do another blog later on label-reading, which would have prevented this bad choice had it been done correctly and consistently. Don’t rely on the name of the product, no matter how beguiling and health-promoting it might sound. Look at the ingredients list at a minimum.

The folks that make this imposter say that the amount of dextrose used as a filler is not significant, but it is the first ingredient in the list, meaning that it has more dextrose than any other ingredient, including stevia! Even more troubling, when I researched this, I found postings on diabetes forums indicating that diabetics are seeing blood sugar spikes with Stevia in the Raw (as documented by readings of blood samples after ingestion), but not with Truvia or other products that use non-dextrose bulking agents.  Not surprising at all, since dextrose has a glycemic index of 100, same as table sugar.

Next time, we’ll look at the four BEST sweeteners for the HCG Diet…

And always remember, you DESERVE to be thin!

Love with Blessings,
Harmony

New editor and contributing author for the hcgdietinfo.com blog and moderator of hcgdietinfo.com forums
Author of HCG Diet Made Simple book and The HCG Diet Book of Secrets

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5 Responses to The three worst sweeteners you could possibly use, especially if you are on the HCG Diet

  1. You have several “facts” in your post. Why have you not cited it from the studies you researched?

  2. Ummmm, I did. Did you not notice that the Trocho Study is a link to the orginal study on the National Institute of Health? Perhaps you missed my links in the article. I did forget to link to the Duke Study, but here it is: http://tinyurl.com/DukeStudy. Please let me know if there are any other links that you would like to have.

    Harmony — A moderator of the hCGDietInfo, hCGDieters and hCGDiet groups
    Author of HCG Diet Made Simple book and The HCG Diet Book of Secrets and now Paleo on the Cheap

  3. Hey, thanks. I have been doing HCG for past two weeks (today is day 14 actually). I have occasionally used stevia in raw (thankfully) hasn’t interrupted weight loss (yet). I often wondered what the dextrose was but figured just a filler. Your right it is very mis-leading hence the reason I bought it in the first place. Guess their marketing plan worked. Will not be using it anymore. Wonder if I could have done better with out it? I shall see. ;)

  4. Good post. My friends can’t understand why I refuse to drink diet pop, when I try to explain the dangers of aspartame it doesn’t seem to affect them. I find that a lot of people seem to get defensive when told how bad their favorite diet drink is for them.

  5. Hi there I am on my third day following 500 calories. I would like to know what other vegetables i can eat .Apart from the few listed on the hcg diet. I am sick already of cucumber, lettuce,radishes,and caggage!!! Can I eat Brocolli califlour,what else. I have not time to follow fancy menu plans.Help!!!

    regards Angela

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