Month: October 2018

Artificial Sweeteners and Other Sugar Substitutes

Most Americans eat the equivalent of twenty teaspoons of sugar on a regular day. The sources of these sugary products are cereals, snacks, sodas, chocolates, coffee, etc. Now for an average person, sugar might not be that injurious, unless the sugary diets you take start keeping you from taking a healthy nutritious diet. So people who want to lose weight or have to be careful about their blood sugar because of diabetes, this amount of sugar can be lethal for their health. But most of us just can’t get enough of sugary foods and snacks, we want the taste of sugar but not its many unhealthy effects. This is where artificial sweeteners come in. Artificial sweeteners are an excellent sugar replacement. They are sweeteners with a low calorie count, and according to the International Food Information Council, are safe to use.

Let’s take a look at five artificial sweeteners that are approved by the FDA:

  • Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low)
  • D-Tagatose (Sugaree)
  • Sucralose (Splenda)
  • Aspartame (NutraSweet or Equal)
  • Acesulfame potassium (Sunett)

While there are plenty of advantages of artificial sweeteners, there are some disadvantages, too. Following are three disadvantages of the consumption of artificial sweeteners.

  • May Cause Diseases

According to a few studies, some diseases are caused by excessive use of artificial sweeteners. This also includes the possibility of cancer. But artificial sweeteners have been declared safe by the US Food and Drug Administration.

  • Ingestion of Chemicals

Artificial sweeteners are usually man-made chemicals and can be harmful to the human body as human body often fails to handle high dosage of chemicals.

  • Increase Sugar Cravings

Since we know that artificial sweeteners aren’t really sugar, we tend to consume more of them than we would sugar. Even more so, they do not really satisfy our sugar cravings, and may lead to … Read the rest