Sugar Substitutes And Artificial Sweeteners


Sugar substitutes and Artificial Sweeteners have been around for many years; however, if you stop and ask most people, they do not know why they decided to use them or if they have benefits or not.

Most people trying to reduce sugar grab those colorful little packets and add them to their tea, cereals, coffee without even so much as a secondary consideration. Those sugar substitutes have become as programmed as brushing their teeth.

There has been a lot of discussion in the media over those small synthetic packets and the dangerous effects that they may have on the human body. After some research, studies are starting to show some possible undesirable adverse reactions and side effects.

Just about everyone is aware through media of how much healthier, more rewarding, and remarkable your life would be if you lost some weight. The sugar replacements for many years provided a way to have that craving for sweets satisfied while cutting out the calorie intake, which sounds like a win-win for everyone.


Here are some of the main ingredients in sugar substitutes and artificial sweeteners:


1. Sucralose (Splenda)
2. Aspartame – (Equal, NutraSweet, NatraTaste Blue)
3. Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low)
4. Acesulfame K (ACE, ACE K, Sunette, Sweet One, Sweet ‘N Safe)
5. Xylitol (Erythritol, Maltitol, Mannitol, Sorbitol and other sugar alcohols that end in –itol)

The artificial sweetener and sugar substitutes manufactured with aspartame have been controversial in the news over the past several years. Research is starting to show a potential relationship with various ailments and people who intake products with aspartame.


Here are some of the conditions and side effects aspartame has been linked to:


Severe chronic headaches
Weight Gain
Stomach upset
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Birth Defects

While no governing agency has yet to surface and say that aspartame is the culprit of these ailments, it’s a question of individual choice at this stage. Users of aspartame state that these ailments and often much worse conditions are a potential side effect of intaking this inorganic chemical mixture (called a substitute sugar).

A study on saccharin in the 1970s showed that there might be a connection to rats getting cancer. While additional studies did not test this on humans or that people were affected by saccharin, this chemical compound was kept in the marketplace. Again, it’s a matter of personal preference as to whether someone chooses to use synthetic sugar substitutes.

One of the particular pros of sucralose, according to people users, is that it tastes similar to sugar. Users also find it convenient when baking. Nevertheless, studies have displayed that sucralose may still affect the body’s insulin levels, which could be a possible future increased risk of diabetes.

There’s a lot of deliberation going on still about the unfavorable effects of artificial synthetic sweeteners on the human body even some making claims of cancer-causing consequences. It’s crucial to do the most investigation as you can on the scientific studies and make a well-informed choice that’s ideal for you.

You’ll find some different options such as using organic honey, agave, or maple syrup as sweeteners or only keeping sugary foods to a minimum. With regards to what you ingest and how you treat your body, you always have a choice.


In Love and Grace,


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