In this article we’re going to look at some of the more well known of the artificial sweeteners on the market. We’ll see just how strong some of these really are compared with your everyday table sugar, and we’ll finish by finding out if there really is something in them that we need to avoid.
We all know that we should be cutting back on the things that we eat, especially the really tasty unhealthy things, but what do we tend to do instead? That’s right, we substitute. We’ll try to get our unhealthy favourites in a ‘light’ version, and the way they’re usually made ‘light’ is by using artificial sweeteners instead of regular processed sugar.
Aspartame has become one of the artificial sweeteners that we consume the most of these days; even if we don’t always realize it. If you’ve been trying to get by on low-cal versions of your favourite soft drink, then you’ve probably been drinking Aspartame for some time now.
It’s also contained in such household regulars as Equal®, Canderel®, Sugar Twin®, and NutraSweet®. Also, it’s around two hundred times sweeter than the table sugar that you’ve been having up till now. It was discovered back in 1965, and made available to the public in the 1980′s, yet, even today, people are claiming that it causes epilepsy, headaches, and even more worrying – cancer.
Saccharin is, probably, the artificial sweetener that many will be the most familiar with.
Saccharin was first produced in 1878, but it wasn’t till the sugar shortages of the First World War that it really started to be used on a large scale.
It became most well known to people when it became the artificial sweetener of choice in the 1970′s and 80′s. You’ll find it marketed as: Necta Sweet, Sweet Twin, and Sweet’N Low, and it’s 375 times sweeter than the table sugar we’ve been subjecting our bodies to.
The body naturally excretes Acesulfame K, rather than absorbs it. This means that if you’re diabetic you won’t have to worry about it being metabolized by your body, so you’ll be able to have a lot more of those things that you’ve had to ditch from your diet.
Of course the chances are that you’ll have to make them yourself, but, seeing Acesulfame K is available as Sweet and Safe, and Sunett and Sweet One you shouldn’t have too many problems in finding it. There are also a growing number of websites that have great recipes for you to use it in.
So, do you really need to be careful with these products? You have to be careful with most things that you put into your body, and some of these are created using organic substances, and others are chemically based.
If you have a medical condition that’s required you to cut back on the sugar, or if you’re pregnant, it would pay to see your doctor before taking artificial sweeteners.