37. Artificial sweeteners may be essential for some, but it’s best to know the side effects.
Artificial sweeteners have been around since the 1800s. There are many types of artificial sweeteners these days, including aspartame, found in Equal and NutraSweet. Sucralose is in Splenda, whereas acesulfame is in Sunette and Equal Spoonful. In Sweet’ N Low, you can find saccharin. Perfect Sweet has xylitol. They consider these sweeteners as being non-nutritive. That means they have no calories and are utterly void of any nutrition. Commonly added to many processed foods and drinks, they’re also hiding in many other products like toothpaste and mouthwash, chewable vitamins and gum, cough syrup, salad dressing, frozen yogurt, candy, breakfast cereals, and processed snacks.
Artificial sweeteners are highly addictive. Too much can cause headaches, migraines, weight gain, and increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. A diet high in sugars and sweeteners also puts you at risk of dental problems like cavities and tooth decay. Research published by the National Center for Biotechnology found that two or more servings per day of artificially sweetened soda are associated with increased chances of a decline in women’s kidney function. To avoid this risk, it’s vital to avoid soda beverages and processed, highly refined foods as much as possible. Furthermore, instead of using artificial sweeteners, use nature’s sugars like maple syrup, raw honey, stevia, and coconut sugar.