As a kid in high school I was definitely in love with my diet sodas and drinks. To me, they were a guilty pleasure that I could omit from my daily calorie intake. However, even during my childhood years I was warned of the dangers of artificial sweeteners. My mom would say ” why are you drinking that nerve gas again, it’s bad for you!” I would of course brush it off and continue to drink the sodas. As an adult, more and more information arose talking about the dangers of these chemical sweeteners. It wasn’t till the other day when I decided to google “nerve gas in soda” that I came across the fascinating history of saccharin; why it’s bad for you, and the history that surrounded this chemical sweetener. I realized my mom was right all along.
The History on the poisonous sweetener
Saccharin is a derivative of toluene. This clear liquid comes from the process of making gasoline. Toulene can also be found in paint thinner, fingernail polish, lacquers, adhesives, and rubber. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that this stuff can’t be good for you! It was accidentally discovered years ago when it was spilled on the hands of its inventor and was found to have a sweet taste.
In, 1901 a company known for making pesticides was founded just to make saccharin for a well known cola company. The company making this product (Monsanto) went on to prosper even further by making pesticides in genetic codes for many crops. This led to the alteration of genes in food for over 60% of the US crops. Regardless of these facts, the one that really stands out is that Monsanto was actually making all these products from left over NERVE GAS from World War I and II.
We will sum this up for you….
Saccharin was formulated from nerve gas and has the ability to alter your genes, much like the pesticides that alter plant life. To consume these can have various side affects that are all negative (of course).
- Contribute to the toxicity of genes which alter communication
- have been found to cause various types of cancer
- neurotoxin, and endocrine disruptor
- Mental retardation
- Visual disturbances
- Inverted Vision (the feeling of being flipped upside down)
- Chest Pain
- Burning Skin
- Lack of concentration
- Memory defects
So what is one to do if they want something sweet to drink but don’t want to have nerve gas with their daily beverage??? Stevia! Stevia Plus is my favorite brand and it goes nicely with any beverage. Not only that, but it also fights cavities and helps to ward off high blood pressure! No one should be consuming chemicals in their foods. That’s why god made stevia!