Many of us these days are looking to reduce our sugar intake. We may have heard of the links between sugar and weight gain, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and more. As such, there’s a growing market for artificial sweeteners. They act and taste like sugar, without the side effects. Genius! However things aren't as good as they seem.
This scientific study shows how the introduction of artificial sweeteners aspartame, saccharin or acesulfame-k leads to damage of cell DNA. DNA is important, damage to it kills cells, causes cancer and generally isn't good!
This study shows that increased intake of sweeteners leads to increased damage to hepatic (liver) cells. Another not great side effect!
This study shows a correlation between sweetener intake and memory impairment. It also shows increases in 'oxidative stress' to brain tissues. Stress is generally bad, especially for brain tissues!
Lastly this study shows that lifelong exposure to sweeteners increases risk of malignant tumours. This effect is substantially increased when exposure begins in the womb.
Although some of the studies above are on animals and not humans we would personally be at least a little wary of the increased intake of artificial sweeteners. The old 'if it sounds too good to be true...' saying pops into our heads. Our advice - if you’re looking to reduce sugar in take then reduce it slowly, without the need to artificial sweeteners. We can guide you away from high sugar foods and toward more natural, lower sugar food with great taste.
Read the studies, go do a little more research yourself and make your own decision! And if you need a little more convincing, the 'Centre for Science in the Public Interest' has now classified Splenda in its 'Caution' list. Other sweeteners such as saccharin, aspartame and acesulfame K are on its 'Avoid' list due to their effects.