March 8, 2013

Artificial Sweeteners

Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 9.26.46 PMGreat question came up, so I went on the search for answers…

The FDA approves and regulates the use of artificial sweeteners, so they are safe to use.  But the question is, which one is best?!?  There are so many options that all look the same.  However they are made from different substances.RSCN0574

Here are some common Artificial Sweeteners:

  • Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet). No threats confirmed with research, however it was given the lowest ranking in food additives by CSPI.
  • Saccharin (Sweet’N Low).  At one time they had to have a label saying risk of bladder cancer, but this was later removed and believed to be regarding rats only.
  • Sucralose (Splenda). Deemed as safe, even for baking.
  • Acesulfame K (Sunett, SweetOne). Some animal studies showed a link to cancer.
  • Stevia (Truvia, PureVia, Stevia in the Raw, Monk in the Raw, SweetLeaf). Derived from the Stevia plant.

sweetenersFrom my research online and talking to a Nutritionist, I have concluded Stevia is the healthiest.  Why??  Please keep in mind I am no expert in this area. 

  1. It is organic / all-natural
  2. It does not contain excitotoxins (like aspartame)
  3. It tastes great
  4. It does not have bad side effects
  5. It can be used to cook/bake
  6. It has zero calories
  7. It can be used by Diabetics
  8. It is gluten-free

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  • Thank you Stephanie for the help. Appreciate it. Guess Monk Fruit and Stevia are basiclly the same……

    After I asked the question I found another good source for checking stuff on the web. google.scholar better than just google as it cleans out the spam. did you know that those negative sites make money every time you access? I will never use just google again.

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