Negative Side Effects of Many Artificial Sweeteners

Efectos negativos de los edulcorantes

As I mentioned in my article entitled "Beware of Some Supposedly Healthy Foods", there are a number of negative side effects associated with many artificial sweeteners.

One of the most harmful of all the artificial sweeteners is aspartame (E951). It is believed to be carcinogenic and neurotoxic, and is known to affect short-term memory. The components of this toxic sweetener can lead to a wide variety of diseases, including brain tumors, diseases such as lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion, migraines and seizures.

Saccharin (E954) is a sulfa-based sweetener whose main ingredient is benzoic sulfonamide. Reported side effects include allergic reactions in people with sulfonamide allergies, nausea, diarrhea and skin problems.

Sucralose (E955) has been shown to increase migraines, muscle aches, stomach aches, diarrhea, skin irritation, dizziness and inflammation.

Acesulfame potassium (E950) is a methylene chloride containing potassium salt which is a known carcinogen. It is an agent that is also used as a propellant, degreaser and paint stripper. Reported side effects of long-term exposure to methylene chloride may include nausea, headaches, mood problems, hypoglycemia, liver and kidney failure, eye problems and possibly cancer.

There are a variety of foods that commonly contain artificial sweeteners. Examples include chewing gum, ice cream, syrups, yogurt and breakfast cereals.