In general, artificial sweeteners are not toxic or dangerous, but science has proven time and time again that there are some potential drawbacks. Some people experience side effects when they consume certain types of artificial sweeteners, especially in large quantities.
Here are some of the artificial sweeteners you might want to avoid if you are interested in reducing these side effects.
Aspartame is currently one of the most popular and well known artificial sweeteners on the market. Even though there are been a number of studies that show the sweeteners in an unfavorable light, the FDA has continued to allow it as an additive. It currently controls the one of the largest portions of the sweetener market share as well. According to various researchers who have looked thoroughly into the effects of aspartame, there have been documented cases of people experiencing seizures, headaches, nausea, depression and heart palpitations. A large portion of the complaints from consumers to the FDA have been revealed to be about Aspartame.
Saccharin is a unique artificial sweetener in that it was once pulled by the FDA, but new evidence provided by studies suggested that saccharin wasn’t responsible for the cancer. Studies have been continued in recent years as consumers report negative experience and doctors draw conclusions that while they can’t be sure that saccharin is actually what is causing the issues, that it should still be considered because of the commonality of its presence in testing.
This sweetener is a sugar alcohol that is found in products like toothpaste, gum, deodorants, and even your children’s medicine. Ingesting one thing with this sweetener wouldn’t be a big deal in most cases, but if you find that you are ingesting serving size amounts of these sweeteners in a large portion of your products, it could add up to a potential for illness or complication of some kind. You might want to consider switching some of the brand you use for companies that don’t use Xylitol in their products.
People who have complained about Xylitol have experienced bloating, dizziness, and symptoms that culminate in laxative effects, but the worst thing about this sweetener, is that it is a poison that can kill your dog.
Sucralose and Maltodextrin
These two sweeteners are found in quite a few products as well. The most common complaints about sucralose and maltodextrin is that they cause digestive distress, abdominal cramping, and general gut health issues.