Six Toxic Artificial Sweeteners That Are Still Approved By The FDA–But You Should Still Steer Clear
As more research comes in on artificial sweeteners it becomes clearer every day that these chemicals contribute to a host of ill health effects, including, counterintuitively, increasing your chances of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Not only that, but there are a host of toxins that come with artificial sweeteners. But despite this, the Food and Drug Administration still approves of the following sweeteners–that you should nonetheless avoid like the plague. Here’s why.
• Aspartame – The FDA says that aspartame, a chemical which is 200 times sweeter than sugar, has been more thoroughly tested than any other substance in the U.S. However, their own list of adverse effects lists over 100 possible reactions to it. Thousands of people have submitted reports of adverse effects, yet it is still used in Nutrasweet, Spoonful and Equal.
• Sucralose – Marketed under the brand Splenda, this substance is 600 times sweeter than sugar, and is still approved for sale and consumption by humans despite the fact that it failed clinical trials with animals and was proven toxic. Specifically it caused liver inflammation in rats and mice, as well as shrinking the thymus gland.
• Neotame – This cheap sweetener is made by Nutrasweet, a former Monsanto brand. It is 13,000 times sweeter than sugar, and is highly sought after by food manufacturers because it is relatively cheap. However, in lab tests it caused seizures in lab animals, as well as holes in the brains of the test animals. Unfortunately the FDA loosened labeling of neotame to the point where it doesn’t even have to be listed.
• Acesulfame Potassium – This chemical is marketed under the names Sunett and Sweet One, and is 200 times sweeter than sugar. In rat studies, the development of thyroid tumors only took three months of exposure to it, at a concentration of only 1 to 5 percent. It also contains a known carcinogen, methylene chloride, which can cause nausea, headaches, mood problems, problems with the liver and kidneys, and eyesight issues.
• High Fructose Corn Syrup – First introduced in the 1970s, this hyper concentrated mix of fructose and glucose is consumed by pound by Americans, in everything from soda to yogurt to pizza to salad dressing. HFCS is known to cause insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, increased weight gain, and don’t forget it is manufactured from genetically modified corn.
• Saccharin – This toxin has been around since 1878, and has been linked to numerous health issues, including cancer in rat studies. Also, saccharin was famously shown to be linked to weight gain, as the body confusion over receiving signals for sweet foods yet receiving few or no calories causes us to seek out more food.