When Sweet is Sour: The Dark Side of Artificial Sweeteners part 2

In Part 1 we looked at aspartame and good options of natural sweeteners.

Saccharin (Sweet and Low):  Saccharin has been known to cause cancer in

sweeteners

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mice since 1977. Shortly after this discovery, studies were conducted to try to defend saccharin. However, a 1997 report by the Center for the Science in Public Interest declared that listing saccharin as “safe” is unacceptable because it perpetuates a “false sense of security”. Don’t reach for these pink packets used often for hot beverage sweeteners.

Agave (The latest trend in “natural” syrup sweeteners): This sweetener is, indeed, not chemically produced; it is derived from the root bulb of the same plant which produces tequila. Once it is taken from nature, however, it undergoes a very similar processing technique to that which converts cornstarch to high-fructose corn syrup. Therefore, the risks of agave are similar to those of HFCS; the concentration of sucrose in Agave is unnaturally high due to the chemical alterations of processing. Treat Agave like you would HFCS, despite its more appealing name.

Sucralose (Splenda): Splenda’s discovery was a mistake. A chemist at Queen Elizabeth College misinterpreted directions and tasted the white powder he was handling, accidentally discovering it was very sweet. Sucralose tries to sidestep bad press of chemical sweeteners by claiming it is made from sugar–and it is! It is sugar with chlorine added to make it “indigestible”. The resulting chemical will not act like or be treated by the body like sugar–it actually bears a strange resemblance to DDT, the chemical which repels bugs in bug spray. Modern research shows that sucralose ingested can be absorbed, unlike marketing claims, and will be deposited with the other chemical toxins your body doesn’t know how to handle–in fat cells.

Resources:

Anrig, Claudia, D.C. “Too Sweet to Be Good? The Potential Health Hazards of Artificial Sweeteners” Dynamic Chiropractic: Nutritional Wellness 4 Nov. 2012. 8.4 <http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/column.php?c_id=1502&gt;

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~ by danclaps on January 28, 2013.

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