The tragic ignorance of different health organizations continues to puzzle practitioners and researchers around the world. The use of 1000’s of known toxins within the food supply is something that requires contemplation as to why such a thing would happen. The answer may be complicated, but the category of questionable artificial sweeteners being put within thousands of products seems to be sticking around.
Despite more than enough evidence of potential dangers, many children’s products are packed with artificial sweeteners. This is an absolute crime in many people’s eyes. Years ago, this problem received much attention in the media and health magazines, but has since died down. Despite so much research over the years by credible scientists, nothing is done.
This is a reminder of the potential long-term effects of consuming these substances that are still saturated within thousands of products on the market. If you are health conscious or wanting to protect yourself or your family’s health, it’s a fantastic idea to look at labels. Sure, it may be somewhat of a pain when shopping, but the damage that some of these sneaky toxins can cause is far worse. Some of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners and their effects in the body include:
Aspartame is perhaps the biggest name and poster child for artificial sweeteners. Over the years, aspartame has undergone rigorous testing and the results have not been in its favor by any means. Despite this, it is still present in over 5,000 products. Cognitive problems, migraines, depression, excitotoxicity, weight gain, cancer, heart disease, stroke, dementia, kidney disease, seizures, dysbiosis, metabolic derangement, premature births, and so much more are some of the links that have been seen in multiple studies! Many health professionals and researchers have called for this toxic compound to be taken off the market, yet it still remains.
Saccharin (Sweet Twin, Sweet’N Low, Necta Sweet, etc.)
Saccharin doesn’t have the overwhelming number of negative studies that aspartame does, but it’s not without controversy. Saccharin is said to be the oldest artificial sweetener and was discovered in 1879. It’s created by reacting methyl anthranilate with nitrous acid sulfur dioxide, chlorine, and ammonia.
Does that sound like something that would be good for you or your child’s health? Studies with rats have shown increased rates of certain types of cancer and possibly diabetes. Long term use may cause harm to kidney and liver function, although it is unknown to what degree or at what dose this might occur.
Sucralose or Splenda
Sucralose is a synthetic sugar that is totally foreign to the body. It has been shown to possibly cause damage to the gut microbiome, which affects total health in a multitude of ways. Important bacteria like bifido strains were decreased after certain experiments with sucralose. The effect isn’t quite clear in people yet, but it doesn’t look promising. When heated to a moderate temperature, sucralose is said to release a compound called chloropropanols, which may be pro-cancerous.
Neotame is one of the newer artificial sweeteners on the market that was developed by Monsanto. Despite the FDA claiming its safety, Neotame appears to have toxic effects on the brain. Many of the studies claiming safety were short-term tests devoid of proper testing. People who may react to MSG or aspartame may have a similar reaction to Neotame. We know from years of research that both MSG and Aspartame are quite toxic to brain cells. Neotame is said to contain a compound called 3-di-methylbutyl, which is listed as a neurotoxin that causes cells to die at a rapid pace.