What Are Artificial Sweeteners?
If you’re diabetic, you’re probably praising the idea of a sugar substitute. But did you know that substitutes like artificial sweeteners may actually do more harm than good?
These sugars are chemicals used in replace of the sugar (sucrose) found in everyday use. They are known as food additives and can copy natural sugars that are supposedly less in calories. Many of these sugar substitutes are sweeter than the regular stuff; it cheaper for the manufacturer to package.
There are actually five sugar substitutes that are approved by the FDA in the United States. They are acesulfame potassium, aspartame, neotame, saccharin and sucralose. Two of those five sugars are of major concern to many researchers. They are aspartame and sucralose.
Aspartame was founded in 1965 by a researcher named James M. Schlatter. Schlatter was working on an anti-ulcer drug when he accidentally discovered that aspartame was edible and sweet.
Aspartame is actually a crystalline powder that is derived from the amino acids known as aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Over the years aspartame has been used in many products including beverages, chewing gum and frozen desserts.
It was first thought that aspartame caused brain tumors in lab rats. However, in 1981 Arthur Hull Hayes a man who had just been appointed as commissioner of the FDA, approved aspartame. Yet interestingly enough, Hayes was also had several close friends that were a part of the artificial sweeteners manufacturers.
Sucralose is a chlorinated sugar that is extremely sweeter than natural sugar. It derived from sucrose when chlorine atoms replace hydroxyl groups. It is found in baked goods, chewing gum, gelatins and frozen treats. Although the FDA approves it, Sucralose is thought to have some possible side effects. Migraine headaches and damage to thymus glands are both possible effects from using sucralose.
Yet knowing what’s safe and trusting our government to provide us with safe food may not always seem like a wise thing. So far there have been two sugar substitutes that were marketed before the FDA banned them for consumption.
They were lead acetate, an extremely dangerous sugar substitute made from lead, and cyclamate, a sweetener tested with deadly results in lab rats.
If that doesn’t make you stop and take notice, think about this. That sweetener that you are using is actually just as reasonable to make as natural sugar.
However, manufacturers increase the price of their product nearly double compared to the natural stuff. Not only are you risking your health, you’re wasting money as well. So now that you know, we hope you’ll make a better decision for you and your family. After all, you only have one life. Let’s make it a great one!
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