I was waiting for a deliver on a bulk order from my health food shop and I ran out of juice. It was hot and we all wanted juice, for drinks as well as to make into lollies. When we went into town we popped into a small supermarket. The staff were friendly and the shop was well stocked (with lots of stuff that is horribly toxic, really most of it in packets and the fresh stuff was not organic so probably loaded with pesticides)
I spent ages in the drinks section searching for a natural drink, I knew I wasn't going to find something organic and was okay with this however I had to make sure the juice wasn't toxic. You would think it would be easy to pick up a bottle of juice for children that wasn't going to harm them. You would think that the leading brands may have too much sugar but that there wouldn't be any toxic rubbish in them. Well I thought there might be at least one or two that were non toxic. To my dismay there were shelves full of toxic juice and then the Elderflower Cordial. The only other option that was natural and harmless was the bottled water and we prefer to collect our water from a spring.
Elderflower Cordial was passed over at first due to my unfair assumption that only weird bearded aunties bought and served such a drink. Most of the juice and squash had artificial sweeteners in them in particular aspartame. Now I know that at present the jury it out over whether aspartame is actually harmful or not, however after many years of researching, I choose not to consume it or allow my children to. There is so much information out there about aspartame, it is difficult to know the truth, so I guess we all have to trust our inner knowing.
My intuition tells me to minimize the amount of artificial substances I allow in my system and so I do this. By doing this and allowing wholesome, natural substances into my system I continue to enjoy vibrant, radiant health on many levels.
Table sugar is so harsh on the physical body. I like the taste though and enjoy a little here and there. I try to ensure the sugar I consume is the least refined possible (so far I have discovered and used rapadura and black strap molasses). I enjoy honey, maple syrup and agave too. Like any kind of sweetener, even the 'healthier' ones, the amounts need to be kept in moderation. I know where I am with these kinds of natural sweeteners, I don't trust any of the artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners cost less and I believe this is the reason they are used so much these days rather than table sugar. I refuse to poison my body whilst allowing corporations to make even bigger profits. I would rather have no juice than do this. I no longer support businesses and industries that do this. When large numbers of us do this, they will disappear (or at least they will change their products to more wholesome options).
Yes I know there are many reports out there that prove artificial sweeteners have many benefits including help with weight loss, however there are also many reports that supposedly prove the opposite as I discovered on the following page ...
Another concern is that sweetness receptors have been identified in fat tissue. “That raises the possibility that artificial sweeteners could cause weight gain by directly stimulating the development of new fat cells,” says Dr. Ludwig, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston, in the Health Letter article.
So depending on where you look, you will find proof to support what it is you believe. So, I go back to my earlier point about trusting your inner knowing. Drinks sweetened with sugar are the safer option for me rather than those with artificial sweeteners. So I went with the drink that I assumed my bearded old auntie would serve up and to my surprise, it was okay, indeed, rather refreshing. Drinks with no sugar or sweeteners at all would be even better and we do drink mostly water but sometimes I enjoy a little something sweet and wish there were more natural options to buy these drinks when you are no where near a health food shop.