These sugar substitutes promise wonders but harm your health like you have no idea
With the amount of information that bombards us today about how harmful excessive consumption of sugar can be, it has become common to look for options that are considered healthier to give sweetness to your drinks and foods; however, many of these artificial sweeteners have been more harmful than sugar itself.
With the above in mind, it could be said that instead of looking for a substitute for sugar, a better idea is not to consume this product or artificial sweeteners, and in fact it is something that many people choose due to the altered information that there is about.
If you belong to the group of people who consume artificial sweeteners, this information compiled from the BBC pages, all mail and better with health will be very interesting.
The BBC London page explains that it is the best known artificial sweetener and the one with the most bad reputation; This is due, according to the portal, to the fact that in 1996 a study came out that claimed that it caused the growth of brain tumors.
With the above in mind, the National Cancer Institute of the United States in 2006 was looking for answers regarding the rumors about this product and after carrying out a study they concluded that it did not increase the risk of suffering from brain cancer, leukemia or lymphoma.
In the same way, the European Food Safety Authority conducted an investigation and managed to determine that the recommended levels that a pregnant woman or child can consume of aspartame should not exceed 40 milligrams per day per kilogram of weight.
However, there is other information that contradicts what these investigations have contributed about the possibility of increasing the risk of cancer, such as the newscience site.
2. Acesulfame K
This artificial sweetener can be found in baked goods, soft drinks, jellies, chewing gums, among other products: it is known that they contain methylene chloride, which in high concentrations can cause cancer; In addition, prolonged exposure can cause headaches, depression and nausea, and can even affect the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
Recommended by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States since 1970, it is used to give sweetness to drinks such as tea or coffee, it is also used in jams, sweets and sauces.
The page all mail explains that if consumed for a long time it can cause bladder cancer. However, but the power struggle of different institutions that supervise food and medicine cannot agree on the damage that this product can cause.
4. High fructose corn syrup
Coming from the sweet agave plant syrup, it is considered a healthy alternative to sugar due to its low glycemic value. Despite this, food companies opted to combine fructose from the agave plant with corn syrup, which is harmful. The result is extremely high concentrations of sugar for products such as ice cream, yogurt, among others.
The problem is that the large amounts of fructose are going to reach the liver and are going to be converted into triglycerides, which in the long run will generate serious obesity and cardiovascular problems.
This artificial sweetener has the characteristic that it is much sweeter than saccharin and aspartame. It is used in bakery products that need to be preserved for a long time. Although it has been approved by the FDA, some studies say that it can harm obese people by increasing their blood sugar levels, and when it is subjected to high temperatures (when baked) it can damage the health of the intestines.
You need to know that thousands of institutions that supervise medicines and foods approve the use of these artificial sweeteners and they are right to do so since they are not approved lightly, as they are subjected to strict tests and quality controls; still, any food product that is used in an inappropriate way can be very harmful to health.
Therefore, before starting to replace the refined sugar for daily consumption, consult a nutritionist who can clearly guide you about the precautions with which you should consume these products, especially if you intend to give it to your children or if you are pregnant, as in these cases many of these sweeteners can have adverse effects.