Artificial Sweeteners: Risk Of Weight Gain, High Blood Pressure And Type 2 Diabetes

Health, 07 Sep - 2017 ,

Artificial Sweeteners: Risk Of Weight Gain, High Blood Pressure And Type 2 Diabetes

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes and may be derived from naturally occurring substances, including herbs or sugar itself. It can also term as intense sweeteners because they are many times sweeter than regular sugar.

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes and may be derived from naturally occurring substances, including herbs or sugar itself. It can also term as intense sweeteners because they are many times sweeter than regular sugar. Almost everyone finds pleasure in sweet foods - after all, the taste preference for sweets is inborn. For a child the sweeter food is better. In adults, this preference is somewhat low, but most adults still enjoy an occasional sweet food. But as one want to control weight gain, blood glucose and dental caries, many consumers turn to alternative sweeteners because they to help them limit calories and minimize sugar intake. In doing so, they encounter of alternative sweeteners that is artificial sweeteners.

Common Artificial Sweeteners

Here are some of the most popular (and dangerous) artificial sweeteners on the market today. They can severely harm your health so avoid these artificial sweeteners.

1. Aspartame

It is not heat-stable, that’s why it is typically found in drinks and foods that haven’t been heated. The study found that aspartame may impair memory performance and increase oxidative stress in the brain. Common side effects of aspartame include headaches, migraines, mood disorders, dizziness and episodes of mania. Comprising phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol, these substances can stay in the liver, kidneys and brain for quite some time.

2. Sucralose

Sucralose, derived from sugar, was originally introduced as a natural sugar substitute. However, in reality, it’s a chlorinated sucrose derivative. Sucralose was originally found through the development of a new insecticide compound and wasn’t originally intended to be consumed. A study published found that cooking with sucralose at high temperatures can generate dangerous chloropropanols – a toxic class of compounds.

3. Acesulfame K

Composed of a potassium salt that contains methylene chloride, Acesulfame K is routinely found in sugar-free chewing gum, alcoholic beverages, candies and even sweetened yogurts. It cause nausea, mood problems, possibly some types of cancer, impaired liver and kidney function, problems with eyesight, and perhaps even autism. In addition to sweetening foods, it’s becoming increasingly popular as a “flavor enhancer.” It is heat-stable and routinely found in highly processed foods and baked goods.

4. Saccharin

It is heat stable artificial sweetener. It is the primary sweetener for children’s medications, including chewable aspirin, cough syrup, and other over-the-counter and prescription medications. It’s believed that saccharin contributes to photosensitivity, nausea, digestive upset, tachycardia and some types of cancer.

5. Xylitol

Sugar alcohols aren’t absorbed well by the body and cause an allergic reaction for those who have sensitivity to it. In addition, it has gastrointestinal side effects that include bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea.

Risks of artificial sweetener

It is difficult but extremely important to curb your sugar cravings for improving your health. There is a huge misconception about artificial sweeteners. A lot of people think that by using these sweeteners they can not only satisfy their sweet tooth but also minimize the hazards of high intake of sugar. The top dangers of these life threatening artificial sweeteners are given below:

1.      Cancer: According to the research, regular use of these artificial sweeteners can result in blood or brain cancer. This is considered one of the biggest risks of these sweeteners, so their consumption should be as limited as possible.

2.      Depression, bipolar disorder and panic attacks: The use of artificial sweeteners can create severe conditions of depression and panic attacks. Furthermore, it can also trigger bipolar disease. A person suffering from bipolar disease goes through extreme mood swings. Their immense levels of depression and elevation can only be controlled through medicine. Thus, to avoid such extreme discomfort, you should completely stop taking these artificial sweeteners or at least decrease their intake.

3.      Persistent Headaches: The consumption of fake sugar in foods and drinks can also lead to persistent headaches, which in some serious conditions can get worse and turn into migraines.

4.      Weight Gain: Many people think that artificial sweeteners make them lose weight. In fact, they are hugely mistaken, because these sweeteners not only don’t help them to lose weight but instead are actually one of the leading causes of obesity. It has been observed that people who use these sweeteners gain weight very rapidly. So, if you’re weight conscious, stay miles away from these sweeteners.

5.      Allergic Reactions: Artificial sweeteners can trigger allergic reactions too. These may include itchy or watery eyes, redness or swelling of the skin, rashes, sneezing, and stuffy or runny nose.

6.      Birth Defects or Infertility: Studies show that the use of these harmful sweeteners has also led to infertility or birth defects in men. They contain such ingredients which slow down the male reproductive system.

7.      Blurred Vision and Hearing Loss: Most of these artificial sweeteners are very misleading. They tend to portray that there are no side effects of using them. However, they may also lead to blurred vision and hearing loss as they increase your blood sugar levels.

8.      Alzheimer’s Disease: Experts have proven that excessive use of artificial sweeteners can also result in Alzheimer’s disease. In other words, people who use ample amounts of artificial sweeteners can suffer from memory loss.

9.      Cell Damage: Along with many other dangers, artificial sweeteners are greatly damaging for cells as well. Therefore, their consumption should be very restricted.

10.  Nervous System: These are very damaging for the nervous system. Regular use can lead to nervous breakdowns, which can be fatal.

Researchers found that artificial sweeteners were tied to a small increase in BMI, weight, waist size, obesity, high blood pressure, heart problems and metabolic syndrome.

Healthy Alternatives to Artificial Sweeteners

All natural sweeteners including maple syrup, coconut sugar, stevia, fruit purees and raw honey are great, healthy substitutions. Start working to retrain your palette to enjoy the natural sweetness of foods, not added sweeteners. Try adding other flavors like tangy, tart, warm and savory to please your palette. For example, vanilla, cocoa, licorice, nutmeg and cinnamon enhance the flavor of foods, so you need less sweetness.


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