Usually we use the artificial sweeteners as a substitute for the white sugar in the drinks and in the food. Artificial Sweeteners are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

At the moment there are 5 artificial sweeteners that are approved by the FDA:

  • Aspartame – sold by the name NutraSweet and Equal
  • Saccharin – sold by the brand Sweet`N Low
  • Sucralose- sold by the brand name Splenda
  • Acesulfame K (acesulfame potassium) – used in the foods, beverages and pharmaceutical product around the world
  • Neotame – used in diet soft drinks and low calorie foods, produced by NutraSweet Company.


Ask the FDA and they will tell you it is safe to use artificial sweeteners. But there is an opposite opinion for this who says you should never consume artificial sweeteners. Everything has two side of the story.

You can have your own opinion for this issue but you need to be aware that these artificial sweeteners are highly processed and are made out of chemicals.

The negative impact on the health from the artificial sweeteners:


Aspartame is made from phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol.

There are side effects from using this specific artificial sweetener like: headaches, fibromyalgia, anxiety, arthritis, abdominal pain, nausea, depression, heart palpitations, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, neurological disorders, vision problems, brain tumors and weight gain. All of these side effects have been reported by consumers.

You should be concerned about:

Phenylalanine and aspartic acid directly influence the brain and central nervous system functions making mood disorders, memory problems and other neurological illnesses.

When metabolized, methanol converts into formaldehyde. The production companies assure you that the digested methanol and its byproducts are quickly excreted from the system, but there were research made that show highly measurable amounts of formaldehyde are found in the livers, kidneys and brains to the test subjects that consumed aspartame.

When phenylalanine reaches high temperatures it breaks down to DPK (diketopiperazine) a well known carcinogen. If having hereditary disease the phenylalanine can be especially dangerous. The disease like fennel ketonureea, phenylketonuria shows the inability to metabolize phenylalanine causing brain and nerve damage that might not be treated.

2.Acesulfame –K

The Acesulfame – K contains methylene chloride, known carcinogen. It is a potassium salt.

There are also reported side effects from using Acesulfame –K like: nausea, headaches, mood problems, impairment of the liver and kidneys, problems with the eyesight and a possibility of cancer if exposed longer to methylene chloride. There is also a big chance of suffering from hypoglycemia.

You should be concerned about:

There were many researches made that show a potential link between the acesulfame-K artificial sweetener and the development of multiple cancers made with laboratory animals.


The sucralose is made from chlorinating sugar and is a synthetic additive used in food and drinks. The chlorine in the sucralose has almost same chemical structure like in the now-banned pesticide DDT. The production companies assure people that the chlorine found in sucralose has no difference from the table salt.

There are side effects from consuming sucralose as artificial sweetener like:

head and muscle aches, stomach cramps and diarrhea, bladder issues, skin irritation, dizziness and inflammation.

You should be concerned about:

There were researches conducted that show sucralosa can cause shrinking of the thymus gland, important immune system regulator, liver and kidney dysfunction. The study made by the Duke University showed that sucralose reduces healthy intestinal bacteria, which is needed for proper digestion and may impact the effectiveness of prescribed or other drugs.


The main ingredient in the saccharin is the benzoic sulfimide, which presents sulfa- based sweetener.

Reported side effects you should know about: People who have sulfa allergies may be affected by the saccharine in the form of nausea, diarrhea, skin problems and other allergy-related symptoms.

When consuming saccharine you should be concerned about:

A study conducted on rats show that the saccharine sweetener caused bladder cancer. Due to this study, the FDA has lifted the requirements for saccharine to be labeled properly as carcinogen on the food packaging.

The saccharine is one of the most investigated artificial sweeteners. This is because of the connection between saccharin and the bladder cancer. However, the connection between saccharine and bladder cancer in humans has not been proven to exist.

Weight gain caused by artificial sweeteners

Usually people use the artificial sweeteners to lower their weight, but the opposite effect occurs. The artificial sweeteners stimulate the taste receptors that sense the sweetness in both the esophagus and stomach. When this happens the pancreas releases insulin, expecting for energy, an important hormone that accumulates body fat. After using the artificial sweetener the brain is confused because chemicals are sent to the brain`s satisfaction center and they don’t know how the body should react because it is not sure if the body is actually receiving calories. Because of this brain confusion you feel hungrier and less full, that can later lead to more eating and weight gain.

Addiction from Artificial Sweeteners

You may think this is funny, but it can actually happen. There was a research made that show how the artificial sweeteners affect the same parts of the brain that deals with addiction. They are much sweeter than natural sugars found in the fruits and whole grains. So because of this the brain resets the taste buds, and eventually the body start to build up a tolerance, which can later cause overuse.

You can experience bathroom trouble with the use of artificial sweeteners

Often visits to the bathroom can be caused from the use of artificial sweeteners. The muscles in the bladder can become hyperactive, meaning that they can force you to urinate more frequently than usual. It has been proven that even one pack of artificial sweeteners can make you urinate more frequently. With this there is a bigger possibility that your bladder will wear out, bringing bigger risk for the urinary tract infections and urge incontinence.

The everyday consummation of artificial sweeteners may cause some major digestive problems like diarrhea, cramps, gas or bloating. Researches show that these calorie-reduced sugars are called sugar alcohols. The substitutes can include sorbitol and malitol as well. These sweeteners are found in the “sugar-free” gums, candy and baked goods.

The link between Diabetes and Artificial Sweeteners

The use of artificial sweeteners can cause some linked reaction in the body. The sweet receptors in the esophagus and stomach are tricked by the zero-calorie substitutes, leading the pancreas to be tricked as well into sending false spike of insulin. This tricked process can lead to insulin resistance in the system. And next to diabetes. Using the artificial sweeteners can lead to weight gain increasing the possibility of diabetes.

To sweeten the food you can use:

After reading this article you may be wandering what you can use that is not bad for the body. If you don’t want to use artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, white refined table sugar there is something you can use to sweeten the food. Here are some natural sweetener choices that you can use:


Honey has been the oldest natural sweetener ever. And it is sweeter than sugar. Honey also can have range of flavors, from dark-strong flavor, to light-mild flavor. The raw honey contains in its properties small amounts of enzymes, minerals and vitamins.

Maple Syrup

The maple syrup has many minerals. It is made from boiled-down maple tree sap. To make one gallon maple syrup you need 40 gallons of sap. You can use it in the food or with baking. Don’t mix the 100% pure maple syrup with the maple-flavored corn syrup. There are two grades of maple syrup. Grade B is stronger than grade A and it has more minerals as well.

Coconut Sugar

It is difficult to make coconut sugar. You need the sap from the flower of the coconut palm to be heated until the water evaporates leaving little granules behind. This way the coconut sugar contains a lot of nutrients.


Stevia is a herb used by South Americans, and it is 100 to 300 times sweeter than white sugar. You can use it in the cooking, baking, beverages, without affecting the level of the sugar in the blood. It has zero calories. You can find it in the liquid form or powder form, but when buying stevia you need to buy the green or brown colored liquids or powders instead of white and clear versions because they are highly refined. You can even grow sevia by yourself!

Date Sugar

If you like the dates you will love the sugar. It is made out of finely ground, dehydrated dates, utilizing their minerals, vitamins and fibers. You can use it as a replacement for sugar or you can use it in the baking and beverages because the granules that date sugar gives can`t melt.


You can get molasses from sugar cane or sugar beet by the process of clarifying and blending the extracted juice. It is the most nutritious sweetener. If it is boiled longer the juice will become less sweet, more nutritious and darker. There are several distinct flavors from molasses. Blackstrap molasses are a rich source in iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.


This product is made out of the juice of sugarcane plant, evaporating the water from the juice and later grinding the results until you get fine powdery texture. This product is organic, highly rich in minerals, vitamins and iron.


This product is made by mechanical process. It is les refined containing many sugarcane`s original vitamins and minerals. The name comes from Sugar Cane Natural product made from evaporated organic cane juice. You can use this instead of the white sugar.

This list can help you stay healthy and use natural sweeteners instead of artificial sweeteners that can be bad for your health.