We all seem to be worried about sugar intake for some reason or another, whether it be weight loss or a medical condition. Because of this many have turned to artificial sweeteners, but is that really a safe option. In many cases the artificial sweetener is worse for you than sugar. The three most common artificial sweeteners are saccharin, aspartame and sucralose.
Dangers of artificial sweeteners
Saccharin is found in sweet and low, and is one of the oldest artificial sweeteners. According to Natural Health Sherpa , saccharin is produced by combining anthranilic acid (used among other things as a corrosive agent for metal) with nitrous acid, sulfur dioxide, chlorine, and ammonia. The dangers of the use of saccharin include an increased risk of bladder cancer, along with a multitude of allergic reactions including headaches, breathing issues, skin rashes, and diarrhea.
Found in equal and nutrasweet, aspartame is one of the more controversial sweeteners at the moment. According to Medicinenet , aspartame causes a multitude of problems that include headache, dizziness, change in mood, vomiting or nausea, abdominal pain and cramps, change in vision, diarrhea, seizures/convulsions, memory loss, and fatigue. Along with these symptoms, links to aspartame are made for fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech,blurred vision, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, and various cancers.
Lastly, sucralose, found in products like splenda, was originally thought to be a safe alternative, and while it may be safer than your other choices, it does not come without side effects. According to globalhealingcenter, Sucralose is basically denatured sucrose. Its preparation involves chlorinating sucrose, chemically changing the structure of the sugar molecules by substituting three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl groups. According to medicinenet, problems caused by sucralose are gastrointestinal problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea), skin irritations (rash, hives, redness, itching, swelling), wheezing, cough, runny nose, chest pains,palpitations, anxiety, anger, moods swings, depression, and itchy eyes.
And to top of all these other symptoms, it’s also been found that using artificial sweeteners does not help you lose weight, in fact you will most likely gain weight. With all these dangers, using sugar or other natural sweeteners are a much better option for you.