Poisoning from artificial sweeteners is real: Facts to know

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 20, 2015

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Quick Bites

  • Most food items contain some form of artificial sweeteners.
  • Beverages are on the higher side of artificial sweetener content.
  • With time, there can be several side-effects of consuming too much artificial sweeteners.
  • Avoid artificial sweetness and switch to natural sweeteners such as fresh honey and fresh maple syrups.

Do you believe that the use of artificial sweeteners is safe? Well, you need to pay close attention to what researches have to say. Artificial sweeteners have always been a controversial public health issue; however, considering the results of recent studies focused on unhealthy effects of artificial sweeteners, things are appearing more serious than ever before.


Artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are currently used in more than 4,000 products worldwide and manufacturers have successfully convinced millions of consumers with their misleading marketing strategies that chemicals in artificial sweeteners are completely safe. If that is the case, why would scientific studies consider the risk of food poisoning due to artificial sweeteners?


You may not know everything about artificial sweeteners, but it's time that you learn about the risks of these chemicals to keep yourself and your family healthy. Here are some facts about artificial sweeteners that you must know.





Artificial sweeteners are meant to add sweetness to your food, but they may add sourness to your life by increasing your risk for cancer. A study conducted in 1970 associated artificial sweeteners with cancer. The study claimed that a combination of saccharin and cyclamate caused bladder cancer in lab rats. However, since the effects were later found to be specific only to rats, it is still not clear if these results could be applied to humans.


Another study suggested a link between consumption of aspartame and brain tumours.  Aspartame is one of the most toxic substances that are being consumed today. Artificial sweeteners have also been linked to development of lymphoma and leukemia.




Diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome

Use of artificial sweeteners has also been associated with increased risk for metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Pre-term delivery

Two studies from 2010 and 2012 have linked artificial sweeteners with pre-term deliveries. Even though the studies did not consider all artificial sweeteners and the associations are minor and independent of the dose, experts still advice pregnant women to avoid dangerous artificial sweeteners as much as possible.


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