The Most Commonly Used Artificial Sweeteners

The Most Commonly Used Artificial Sweeteners

Apart from listing the most common artificial sweeteners, we also need to mention their effect on human health. When they first began to be introduced in our diet, they were considered a “healthy” alternative to sugar, which we all know how harmful can be. So lots of “sugar free” foods were released on the market, and such diet foods, usually low-fat, became very popular.

But it was not a long time until scientists have begun to attract the public opinion’s attention on the dangers of these artificial substances. Let’s see which are the most frequently used and why we should avoid them.

  • Saccharin

    This used to be the diabetic’s first choice to sweeten food. It had been produced in 1878 and became widely-used during sugar shortage periods, like World War I. It is 300 times sweeter than sugar. It was not replaced by other sweeteners for its health risks (headaches, skin problems, diarrhea or breathing difficulties, allergic reactions), but rather because of its unpleasant aftertaste.

  • Aspartame

    It has replaced saccharin in many products worldwide. It has caused many medical debates and controversies and it is the most tested artificial sweetener. Reviews say that a link between aspartame and cancer has not been clearly established, while the allegations of causing neurological symptoms have not been proven either. Consumers have reported more often headaches. Concerns state that aspartame could play a role in mood disorders and memory problems.

  • Sucralose

    It is made of chemically altered sugar molecules. It is 300 to 1000 times sweeter than sugar. Unlike aspartame, it is stable under heat. It is considered not to affect insulin levels. It has attracted many negative health claims, but it has been declared safe, even it has been tested mainly on animals.

  • Cyclamate

    This sweetener is approved in 55 countries and is 30-50 times sweeter than sugar. Studies have shown that this substance increases the risk of bladder cancer in animals and that it may turn become a carcinogen once it reaches the intestines.

  • Neotame

    This is a more recently developed sweetener, even 10000 times sweeter than sugar. It looks like it does not accumulate in the body, while others claim is very harmful. Just like aspartame, it breaks down into various compounds, including formaldehyde, which is toxic.

All these substances have in common being suspected to cause cancer and not being able to help you lose weight, as their marketers claim. In fact, they can cause the exact opposite. We can’t know for sure if all the information circulating on the web is correct, but a healthy diet is one without artificial substances and this says it all.

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