Side Effects Of Sweeteners

Side Effects Of Sweeteners
Side Effects Of Sweeteners

Many weight-conscious people choose sweeteners as they do not contain calories as sugar does. But there are other dangers as sweeteners pose to the human body especially after prolonged use. Artificial sweeteners are also called non-nutritive sweeteners as they do not contain many calories if any. There are five types of non-nutritive sweeteners approved by the FDA :. Aspartame neotame acesulfame K saccharin and sucralose
Aspartame comes in the form of Equal NutraSweet and Sugar Twin and causes the most controversial of all non-nutritive sweeteners. Although aspartame is safe by the FDA there have been many reports of side effects associated with it. Side effects include dizziness headache increased appetite nausea vomiting fatigue changes in mood and convulsions. There are several serious diseases that have been associated with aspartame which include joint pain anxiety attacks depression multiple sclerosis fibromyalgia blurred vision lupus various cancers and slurred speech.
Neotame is a type of aspartame. It has the same chemical composition as aspartame minus phenylalanine. Neotame is so new that not many studies have been conducted to assess the possible risks and long term effects of their consumption.
acesulfame K
Acesulfame K is also listed as potassium and Sunett. Little do consumers that this non-nutritive sweetener used in many foods and beverages. Acesulfame K is also used to preserve the sweet taste of sweet food and that food enhancers. The controversy lies in the fact that acesulfame K contains dangerous chemical methylene chloride. Long-term consumption of this carcinogenic substance is reported to cause cancer depression nausea headaches liver disease kidney disease and mental confusion.
Saccharin comes in the form of nectar Sweet and Sweet ‘N Low. It is a popular sweetener so it has no calories and is up to 700 times sweeter than regular sugar without raising blood sugar levels. Saccharin is also known to be the safest of the five nonnutritive sweeteners. However some studies have shown that consumption can lead to bladder cancer diarrhea difficulty breathing headache and rash.
Sucralose is Splenda the latest type of sweetener on the market. As saccharin it has no calories and is up to 600 times sweeter than regular sugar. It is track one of chlorine in Splenda which has caused concern over the safety of sucralose. Chlorine is not safe for humans and used in pesticides cleaning products and toxic gases. Not many studies have been conducted on humans to assess the safety but has been done on animals. Some side effects found in animals are depression mood swings anxiety gastrointestinal problems chest pain runny nose coughing and wheezing.