Artificial sweeteners: Are they beneficial?

artificial-sweeteners Extra calories are out and slimming is in. So are substances like weight loss exercises and low calorie edible items like artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are replacing sugar at a rapid speed.

Not only are they used frequently by diabetes patients but they are endorsed by weight loss programs as well. However, are they really as good as they sound? Here are certain facts you must know about artificial sweeteners.

Most of these sweetening agents contain a substance called aspartame. This substance in turn contains an element called formaldehyde. This element is known to have toxic properties and can be fatal if consumed in huge amounts.

Also, aspartame is believed to have carcinogenic components that were known to cause brain cancer among rats earlier. However, there is a certain prescribed dosage that has to be followed to stay safe from its cancer-causing effects.

Other than this there are other components like methanol. Methanol has its own share of negative side-effects like causing loss of sight.

Saccharin is yet another frequently used component in artificial sweetening agents. Saccharin too is not approved completely by U.S. FDA because of suspected carcinogenic properties in it.

Sucralose is a latest addition to the list of artificial sweetening particles. Some studies show that sucralose is actually non-calorific by nature; there are contentions about this agent as well. Sucralose basically is chlorinated sugar.

Around two percent of Sucralose sweeteners are believed to contain substances like arsenic and methanol.

Other than that, sucralose is also known to cause liver and kidney disorders, anemia and birth problems.

Polyols are a different category of sweetening agents; but they are not widely used as artificial sweeteners. In fact, polyols are known as sugar-alcohols and they are mostly employed as food additives.

However, when eaten in bulky amounts they can cause irritation in the gastro-intestinal tract of the stomach.