Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

List of Artificial Sweeteners

The dangers of artificial sweeteners have been studied by so many yet these chemicals are generally recognized as safe.

Artificial Sweeteners are chemical derivatives of coal, chlorine and methyl alcohol.

The most widely used artificial sweetener and most controversial on the market today is Aspartame or primarily known as Equal.....or "the little blue packets".

I believe that so many headaches and other mild symptoms could very well be attributed to some of the well documented side effects of the dangers of artificial sweeteners as reported below.

The side effects and dangers of artificial sweeteners reported include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Paralysis
  • Nausea
  • Multiple sclerosis symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Slurred Speach
  • Fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Change of Mood
  • Tinnitus
  • Joint Pain
  • Depression
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Various Cancers
  • Increased Hunger
  • Weight Gain

In many cases with diabetics, aspartame raises blood glucose levels falsely. This is one of the dangers of artificial sweeteners for everyone!

This chemical is frequently referred to as an EXCITOTOXIN. A great household tip for you which should also tell you how safe this sweetener is, many of us use this as ant poison! Yes, sprinkle a little aspartame around areas of entry and the ants will carry the substance back to the nest feeding it to their young and they all perish. The dangers of artificial sweeteners affect not only humans but insects.

As with Soy Protien and HFCS, this insidious chemical is in almost all gums and sugar free candy as well as diet sodas.

Sweet N Low was listed as a carcinogen and carried a warning label until Congress passed legislation late last year to remove the warning label that's been required on saccharin and saccharin-sweetened products since 1977. A coal tar derivative, it's a good idea to avoid it. Carcinogens cause cancer, it's a known fact and the public is not served well with the removal of this warning. This, another one of the dangers of artificial sweeteners.


  • Sugar Free Gum
  • Sugar Free Candy
  • Sugar Free Mints
  • Sugar Free Soda
  • Sugar Free Syrups
  • Sugar Free Cough Syrups
  • Sugar Free Lozenges

There are controversial reports on this dangerous food to avoid and I've known folks who have defended it. Many want absolute scientific evidence that this substance is harmful to them and their families all the while using the excitootoxin. Anecdotal evidence of 92 documented side effects and the fact that there are questionable activities behind the product, is enough for me to not offer my body as a guinea pig.

The following aspartame testimonial was written by a dear friend and colleague of mine in the world of health and nutrition.

"People often say that aspartame is one of those absolutely harmless things. That your “mileage may vary”. That it doesn’t affect anyone. That anyone who questioned the stuff was crazy.

After 20 years I felt that way too. And then my doctor presented the MRI report in 2005, the images hinting at the beginning stages of Multiple Sclerosis.

While searching for answers, I stopped using aspartame. Within two weeks: my slurred speech stopped; I no longer lost my balance and fell down; my taste buds returned; the anxiety attacks ceased; the numbness and pain that had taken over half of my face disappeared; the pins and needles in my legs and hands were gone; my clarity of thought returned; my headaches disappeared; the stuttering stopped; the rage, the aggression and the suicidal thoughts became silent; and the words I needed, words which now form my career and breathed once impotent thoughts into action, the words I lost due to years of aspartame ingestion, came back.

While I haven’t fully recovered from memory loss, and there are still those moments where the syllables linger just out of reach like flickering mirages, I remember the symptoms I lived with for years, those bizarrely disconcerting, seemingly discordant maladies from which I suffered; symptoms that miraculously disappeared as soon as aspartame was no longer a part of my day. And that’s enough for me."

Jamie at Your Lighter Side

And it's enough for me too. My friend and I prefer you not suffer as she has. Let her story be your motivation to refuse to put this neurotoxin in your beautiful body.

The newest artificial sweetener on the market referred to as Splenda, also known as sucralose is also chemically altered. In the lab, sugar molecules are replaced with chlorine molecules. Some say you might as well drink your pool water. This sweetener is so new that the side effects aren't taken as seriously as those from aspartame. If you must use it, understand the following: The chlorinated molecules have the ability to disrupt digestion and with digestion responsible for more than 70-80% of your immune system, you're playing Russian Roulette with this sweetener. It is well documented that chlorine depletes your Vitamin E stores, one of our MAJOR antioxidants.

With cancer rates at all time highs, you might want to work on discontinuing your need for sucralose.

Janet Hull, creator of the Aspartame Detox System has compiled a great deal of research which can be found on her website so eloquently titled "sweet poison".

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