We all seem to be worried about sugar intake for some reason or another, whether it be weight loss or a medical condition. Because of this many have turned to artificial sweeteners, but is that really a safe option. In many cases the artificial sweetener is worse for you than sugar. The three most common artificial sweeteners are saccharin, aspartame and sucralose.

Saccharin is found in Sweet and Low, and is one of the oldest artificial sweeteners. According to Natural Health Sherpa , saccharin is produced by combining anthranilic acid (used among other things as a corrosive agent for metal) with nitrous acid, sulfur dioxide, chlorine, and ammonia. The dangers of the use of saccharin include an increased risk of bladder cancer, along with a multitude of allergic reactions  including headaches, breathing issues, skin rashes, and diarrhea.

Found in Equal and NutraSweet, aspartame is one of the more controversial sweeteners at the moment.  Now they are changing their name so they can try to fool the customers into thinking the product they are using does not contain aspartame. “AminoSweet.” is the new name to try to deceive people. But DO NOT be fooled. It is the same product. According to Medicine net , aspartame causes a multitude of problems that  include headaches, dizziness, change in mood, vomiting or nausea, abdominal pain and cramps, change in vision, diarrhea, seizures/convulsions, memory loss, and fatigue. Along with these symptoms, links to aspartame are made for fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech ,blurred vision, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, and various cancers.

 

Lastly, Sucralosesplenda, found in products like splenda,  was originally thought to be a safe alternative, and while it may be safer than your other choices, it does not come without side effects.  According to global healing center, Sucralose is basically denatured sucrose. Its preparation involves chlorinating sucrose, chemically changing the structure of the sugar molecules by substituting three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl groups. According to medicine net,  problems caused by sucralose are gastrointestinal problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea), skin irritations (rash, hives, redness, itching, swelling), wheezing, cough, runny nose, chest pains, heart palpitations, anxiety, anger, moods swings, depression, and itchy eyes.

Equal, NutraSweet, Amino Sweet is by far the worse of the three.  Please read the dangers caused by this product alone.

 

And to top of all these other symptoms, it’s also been found that using artificial sweeteners does not help you lose weight, in fact you will most likely gain weight. With all these dangers, using sugar or other natural sweeteners are a much better option for you.

Selection of Health Effects from Short-term and/or Long-Term Use

Note: It often takes at least sixty days without *any* aspartame or NutraSweet to see a significant improvement. Check all labels very carefully (including vitamins and pharmaceuticals). Look for the word "aspartame" on the label and avoid it. (Also, it is a good idea to avoid "acesulfame-k" or "sunette.") Finally, avoid getting nutrition information from junk food industry PR organizations such as IFIC or organizations that accept large sums of money from the junk and chemical food industry such as the American Dietetic Association.

 

Panic Attacks (a very common reaction)

anxiety

Seizures and Convulsions

Dizziness

Tremors

Migraines and Severe Headaches (Trigger or Cause From Chronic Intake)

Memory Loss (common Nutrasweet toxicity effects)

Slurring of Speech

Numbness or Tingling of Extremities

Chronic Fatigue

Depression

Insomnia

Irritability

Marked Personality Changes

Phobias

Rapid Heart Beat, Tachycardia (another frequent NutraSweet reaction)

Asthmatic Reactions

Chest Pains

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Nausea or Vomiting

Diarrhea

Abdominal Pain

Swallowing Pain

Itching

Hives (Urticaria)

Other Allergic-Like Reactions

Blood Sugar Control Problems (Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia)

Menstrual Problems or Changes

Impotency and Sexual Problems

Craving for Food

Weight Gain

Hair Loss (Baldness) or Thinning of Hair

Burning Urination

Excessive Thirst or Hunger

Bloating, Edema (Fluid Retention)

Infection Susceptibility

Joint Pains

Brain Cancer (Pre-approval studies in animals)

Death

 

Aspartame Disease Mimics Symptoms or Worsens the Following Diseases

Fibromyalgia

Arthritis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Parkinson's Disease

Lupus

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)

Diabetes and Diabetic Complications

Epilepsy

Alzheimer's Disease

Birth Defects

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Lymphoma

Lyme Disease

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Panic Attacks

Depression, Panic attacks and other Psychological Disorders
The truth about aspartame's toxicity is far different than what the NutraSweet Company would have your readers believe. In February of 1994, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the listing of adverse reactions reported to the FDA (DHHS 1994). Aspartame accounted for more than 75% of all adverse reactions reported to the FDA's Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS). Many reactions to aspartame were very serious including seizures and death. In an epidemiological study which appeared in the Journal of Applied Nutrition (Roberts 1988), 551 persons who have reported reactions to aspartame were surveyed. What follows is a listing of the adverse health effects which were found.

 

Two-thirds of the population and 40% of the children in this country are using products with aspartame (NutraSweet/Equal/Spoonful/Canderel, Benevia, E951, etc.). It is a neurotoxic drug, a deadly chemical poison, and masquerading as an additive. The 50% phenylalanine in it as an isolate is neurotoxic and goes directly into the brain. It lowers the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin. When you lower serotonin it triggers manic depression or bipolar, mood swings, anxiety, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, panic attacks, paranoia, hallucinations, etc. It also interacts with ALL antidepressants. In fact, it interacts with just about every drug used to treat the problems it causes. This is all discussed in the huge medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by H. J. Roberts, M.D.

Aspartame affects the following:


Eyes
  #of people %of people
Decreased Vision and/or other eye problems 140 25%
Pain one or both eyes 51 9%
Decreased Tears 14 8%
Blindness (one or both eyes) 14 3%

Ears
  #of people %of people
Tinnitus ("ringing"," buzzing") 73 13%
Severe intolerance for noise 47 9%
Marked impairment of hearing 25 5%

Neurological
 
  #of people %of people
Headaches 249 45%
Dizziness, unsteadiness, or both 217 39%
Confusion, memory loss, or both 157 29%
Severe drowsiness and sleepiness 93 17%
Parenthesis (tingling or numbness) 82 15%
Convulsions 80 15%
Petit mal attacks and "absences" 18 3%
Severe slurring of speech 64 12%
Severe tremors 51 9%
Sever "hyperactivity" and "restless legs" 43 8%
Atypical facial pain 38 7%

Psychological-Psychiatric
  #of people %of people
Severe depression 139 25%
Extreme panic attacks 125 23%
Severe anxiety 105 19%
Marked personality changes 88 16%
Recent "severe insomnia" 76 14%
"Severe aggravation of phobias" 41 7%

Chest
  #of people %of people
Palpitations, tachycardia 88 16%
Shortness of breath 54 10%
Atypical chest pain 44 8%
Recent hypertension (high blood pressure) 34 6%

Gastrointestinal
  #of people %of people
Nausea 79 14%
Diarrhea 70 13%
Blood in the stools 12 1%
Abdominal pain 70 13%
Pain on swallowing 28 5%

Skin and Allergies
  #of people %of people
Severe itching without a rash 44 8%
Severe lip and mouth reactions 29 5%
Uticaria (hives) 25 5%
Other eruptions 48 9%
Aggravation of respiratory allergies 10 2%

Endocrine and Metabolic
  #of people %of people
Problems with diabetes: loss of control 60 11%
Menstrual Changes 45 6%
Severe reduction or cessation of periods 22 1%
Paradoxical weight gain 34 5%
Marked weight loss 26 6%
Marked thinning or loss of hear 32 6%
Aggravated hypoglycemia 25 5%

Other
  #of people %of people
Frequent urination, burning 69 13%
Excessive thirst 65 12%
Severe joint pain 58 11%
Bloating 57 10%
Fluid retention and leg swelling 20 4%
Increased Susceptibility to infection 7 1%

 

 

According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following list contains a selection of chronic illnesses which may be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame (Mission Possible 1994)*:

Panic Attacks

Fibromyalgia

Lymphoma

Alzheimer's

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Multiple sclerosis

Brain tumors

Epilepsy

Anxiety

Parkinson's Disease

Mental retardation

Birth defects

Diabetes

*Note: In some cases such as MS, the severe symptoms mimic the illness or exacerbate the illness, but do not cause the disease.

Both the U.S. Air Force's magazine "Flying Safety" and the U.S. Navy's magazine, "Navy Physiology" published articles warning about the many dangers of aspartame including the cumulative deleterious effects of methanol and the greater likelihood of birth defects. The articles note that the ingestion of aspartame may make pilots more susceptible to seizures and vertigo (US Air Force 1992). All we ask is to think about it. If you are experiencing panic attacks try staying away from aspartame for a few months and see if your symptoms improve and your panic attacks subside.