The Risks Associated With Using Sugar Substitutes

AspartameAspartame sugar substitute is causing a concern across the world. This artificial sweetener is two hundred times sweeter than regular sugar.

Even though this sugar substitute is widely used, the effects started to worry general population.

Over seventy five percent of reactions to food additives have been due to Aspartame.

These reactions have included problems as headaches or migraines, dizziness, seizures, vision problems and complications with breathing. It is also believed that such illnesses as brain tumors, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Lymphoma and Diabetes, are triggered or worsened when Aspartame is consumed.

There is very little evidence that this sweetener, or any sweetener, have assisted in weight loss. Since 1980 the consumption of any and all artificial sweeteners and obesity, have drastically soared to an alarming rate.

Saccharine is also an artificial sweetener and is estimated to have one of the highest sweetening strength out of all the artificial sweeteners. It is estimated to be about five hundred and fifty times sweeter than regular sugar.

A lot of consumers like the thought of being able to have a sugar like substance that literally has not calories at all because Saccharine does not have any calories.

This artificial sweetener is made from toluene, which is also known a carcinogen. Saccharine was banned in 1977 due to research that had proved the sweetener to have caused bladder cancer in laboratory animals.

It was then reinstated, but also did have to come with a label letting consumers know that the product could be hazardous to their health. In the year 2000, the Department of Health and Human Services removed this artificial sweetener from their list of cancer causing chemicals. Research shows that this has resulted in the increased use of diet sodas and other foods.

If this sweetener is consumed it can cause an interference with normal blood coagulation, blood sugar levels and digestive functions.

Sucralose is a zero calorie artificial sweetener. This sweetener is about six hundred times sweeter than regular sugar. It is produced from sucrose when three of the chlorine atoms are replaced by three hydroxyl groups.

Sucralose belongs to a class of chemicals known as organ chlorines. Most of these are very highly toxic and are known to be carcinogens. Sucralose however, is extremely insoluble in fat, and doesn’t accumulate in fat either. It also doesn’t break down or de-chlorinate. You will better know this artificial sweetener as Splenda.

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