The topic about alternative sugar also known as artificial sweeteners can be confusing. One problem is that the word itself is often open to interpretation. For instance, some manufacturers call their sweeteners “natural” even though they’re processed or refined. Alternative sugar/ artificial sweeteners are attractive to people with diabetis because they add virtually no calories to your diet. In addition, you need only a fraction compared with the amount of normal sugar you would usually use for sweetness.
These kind of sugar are widely used in processed foods, including dairy products, and scores of other foods and beverages.Aside from being use in process foods, these type of sugar can also be use in home cooking.Certain recipes may need modification, though, because alternative sugars/ artificial sweeteners provide no bulk or volume, as does normal sugar. But this kind of sugars may leave an after taste though
To add up, one benefit that we can get from alternative sugar/ artificial sweeteners aside from helping people with diabetis. Is that they don’t contribute to tooth decay and cavities. Also this classification of sugar are usually those that are non-nutritive, which means that they have virtually no calories. But with all the good benefits this sugar can give to us, there is also some bad ones.One is that, too much consumption of this sugar can lead to cancer.
But according to the National Cancer Institute and other health agencies, there’s no scientific evidence that any of these alternative sugar/ artificial sweeteners approved for use in places like U.S. can cause cancer or other serious health problems. And according to FDA, these type of sugar are those that are ” generally safe to use”.
Also some process foods that contain this artificial sweeteners that is being label, “sugar-free, reduced sugar or no sugar added”, is not completely true.In other words they are not necessarily carbohydrate-free or low in carbohydrate as well as low in calorie.
Aside from the possibility of having cancer from too much consumption of this type of sugar, it can also be a reason in the increasing number of people with brain tumors between 1975 and 1992. But then again it shows no proof whatsoever to these claims.
Some of the people avoid this type of sugar like a plague, because the mechanisms of harm may differ, but still they’re all harmful in one way or another. One is aspartame that is perhaps the most dangerous of the bunch. At least it’s one of the most widely used and has the most reports of adverse effects. There are also hundreds of scientific studies demonstrating its harmful effects.
This is why it’s so frustrating to see big companies like Coca-Cola Company purposely deceive you on this issue, which is exactly what they’re currently doing with their “public service” announcement-type ads, in which they “affirm” aspartame’s safety and benefits.
Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson issued the following statement in response to Coca-Cola’s new ad
“Aspartame has been found to cause cancer-leukemia, lymphoma and other tumors. In laboratory animals, and it shouldn’t be in the food supply. We certainly want Coca-Cola to shift its product mix toward lower- and no-calorie drinks, but aspartame’s reputation isn’t worth rehabilitating with this propaganda campaign.
The company would be better off phasing out its use of aspartame and accelerating its research into safer, natural sweeteners such as those extracted from the stevia plant.”
On the contrary, being stated above. This type of sugar is not completely safe to use. Most recently, a report published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism highlighted the fact that diet soda drinkers suffer the same exact health problems as those who opt for regular soda, including excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
So the very reason anyone would consider using diet instead of sugared sweeteners has no basis in fact. Anyone using them would get the same problems as using regular sugar and expose themselves to the well documented risks of artificial sweeteners.