Artificial Sweeteners

tiny white artificial sugar tablets on a spoon against an orange-red background

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic substitutes for sugar which are generally many times sweeter than sugar but zero or low calorie. They are also much cheaper than sugar and products containing them are labeled sugar free, which can confuse consumers making them think the product is a healthy option. However synthetic sweeteners are far from healthy. They may be addictive, may have insufficient research for cancer risk, are linked to increased risk of metabolic syndrome, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and linked to obesity.  

What to Avoid

Acesulfame-K (Ace-K)

Linked to cancer in rats and altered brain function in mice. Insufficient research proving safety in humans.

Aspartame

Possible links to ADHD, Alzheimer’s, cancer, depression, multiple sclerosis, and birth defects.

Cyclamates

Potential risk of bladder cancer and may hinder male fertility.

Saccharin 

May increase risk of cancer and may negatively affect gut bacteria.

Sucralose

May increase risk of cancer and may negatively affect gut bacteria.

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