Artificial Sweetener Trap: Check on the Symptoms
you have been drinking
diet soda and feasting on chewing gum, chances are you have been enjoying
artificial sweeteners in generous quantities. Aspartame is a popular sugar
substitute that can be found in diet soda drinks, chewing gum, fruit spreads and
sugar-free products to name a few.
Artificial sweeteners currently approved by the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) are:
- Acesulfame potassium (Sunett, Sweet One)-
The FDA has set an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of
up to 15 mg/kg of body weight/day.
- Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet)- The FDA
has set the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for
aspartame at 50 mg/kg of body weight. To determine
your ADI, divide your weight in pounds by 2.2 and
then multiply it by 50. For example, if you weigh
200 lbs., your weight in kg would be 91 (200 divided
by 2.2) and your ADI for aspartame would be 4550 mg
(50 x 91).
- Neotame- The FDA has set an acceptable
daily intake (ADI) at 18 mg/kg of body weight/day.
- Saccharin (SugarTwin, Sweet'N Low)-
- Sucralose (Splenda)- The acceptable daily
intake (ADI) for sucralose was set (FDA) at 5 mg/kg
of body weight/day. To determine your ADI, divide
your weight in pound by 2.2 and then multiply it by
FDA approval is being sought for other artificial
sweeteners. And some sweeteners, such as cyclamate, are not
approved in the United States but are approved for use in
Today, artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety
of food and beverages marketed as "sugar-free" or "diet," including soft drinks,
chewing gum, jellies, baked goods, candy, fruit juice and ice cream. In
addition, other sugar substitutes are being touted as healthier sweeteners than
regular sugar, even if they don't have fewer calories, such as honey and agave
There are synthetic sweeteners in over 25% of all food, drink, gum and candy
available. This cumulative effect has created ASD (Artificial Sweetener
Disease), and thanks to little or no regulation of chemical agents in food, it's
not going away any time soon.
4 out of 5
fibromyalgia cases affect women, who are more likely to eat diet
foods and consume diet drinks than men. Nearly all chewing gum and breath
mints are loaded with artificial sweeteners. (http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/383-why-a-s...
Weight Gain: Nearly all diet sodas, gum and most candy (not
chocolate - yet) are loaded with Aspartame. Some chewing gum brands contain
only synthetic sugars, which are acid creating. The body in turn creates fat
cells to store that extra acid, and this is why many people who consistently
eat Aspartame will ironically put on weight. The American Cancer Society's
study of 78,694 women found that after one year 2.7% to 7.1% more regular
weight compared to nonusers.
Mental disorders and degeneration of brain cells - Excessive
ingestion of artificial sweeteners, according to researchers from the
University of Praetoria and the University of Limpopo, may lead to various
mental disorders and the degeneration of the brain.
Headaches - A study conducted published on PubMed.gov showed that
ingestion of aspartame was associated with headaches. Subjects in the study
revealed that they experienced headaches 33 percent of the time when taking
aspartame compared to 24 percent when on placebo treatment. Moreover, Dr.
Robert Milne and Blake More in their book "Headaches" report that
headaches are the most reported side effect given by those who take
products containing aspartame. They add that in a University of Parkinson's
at Florida study, it was found out that the incidences of migraines doubled
for a majority of test subjects who took aspartame. Their headaches lasted
longer and were marked by significant signs of shakiness and diminished
Acesulfame K contains the carcinogen methylene chloride. Long-term
exposure to methylene chloride can cause headaches,
depression, nausea, mental confusion, liver effects, kidney effects,
visual disturbances, and
cancer in humans.
Pregnancy Risk: The Danish National Birth Cohort is a study of
59,334 women conducted from 1996 to 2002. They found that daily intake of
artificially sweetened soft drinks may increase preterm
The Cyclamate sweetener has been linked to cancer and is currently
banned in the United States. Cyclamate is not considered safe for anyone
including pregnant women.
Depression: In a study of the effect of aspartame on 40
patients with depression, the study was cut short due to the severity of
reactions within the first 13 patients tested. The outcome showed that
individuals with mood disorders were particularly sensitive to aspartame
and recommended that it be avoided by them.
Vascular Disorder: According to a study by Hannah
Gardener and her colleagues from the University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine it was found that those who drank
diet soft drinks daily were 43 percent more likely to have
suffered a vascular event than those who drank none, after
taking into account pre-existing vascular conditions such as
high blood pressure. Light diet soft drink users, i.e.
those who drank between one a month and six a week, and
those who chose regular soft drinks were not more likely to
suffer vascular events.
Just because a food is marketed as sugar-free doesn't mean it's free of
calories. If you eat too many sugar-free foods, you can still gain weight if
they have other ingredients that contain calories. And remember that processed
foods, which often contain sugar substitutes, generally don't offer the same
health benefits as do whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables.
Dated 28 March 2012