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Are Artificial Sweeteners bad for Gout?

By August 26, 2022No Comments4 min read

How harmful are artificial sweeteners to you? Let’s just start by letting you know that a chemist working with coal tar developed saccharin more than 150 years ago. You may be aware that coal tar is a known cancer-causing substance. Saccharin was found to be associated with bladder cancer in laboratory rats in studies conducted in the 1970s. If it isn’t proof enough, then Nevertheless, despite a billion contradictory studies, the matter is still hotly contested. Brand names for saccharin include Sweet and Low®, Sweet Twin®, and Necta Sweet®.

The European Food Safety Administration declared aspartame “safe” in 2013, even claiming it won’t cause cancer at the current usage and exposure levels. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, on the other hand, criticized this assessment, calling it a total “whitewash” of the facts.

So what can we say with certainty? Even though Cancer has been disregarded, there are enough research to demonstrate that these zero-calorie sweeteners are harmful to health and do not aid in weight loss. In addition to being produced from genetically modified crops, many of these sweeteners also physically deceive our bodies in harmful ways. They imitate consuming a lot of calories, fooling the digestive system and our sense of taste while providing no real energy. Artificial sweeteners and inflammatory diseases like IBD, obesity, diabetes, and more have both been linked to inflammation and inflammatory disorders.

A chemically modified version of our natural sucrose, sucralose is the ingredient sold under the brand name Splenda®. In order to alter the structure of the molecule and exchange three hydroxyl groups for three chlorine atoms, sucrose is chlorinated to create sucrose. Yes, you read it correctly. In order to burn off the calories, we are allowing ourselves to consume chlorine, another well-known carcinogen. But I digress. I’m at a loss to understand how the FDA could permit this to be used on our food and beverages.

You can find aspartame in countless items under the brand names Equal®, NutraSweet®, and Sugar Twin®. Since their statute of limitations expired, it appears that certain fabricated reports from the Searle Company have surfaced, exposing some significant inconsistencies between what has been stated and the actual findings. In actuality, NutraSweet was the subject of 80% of all complaints regarding food additives. This sweetener is it harmful? Aspartame has been looked at for potential associations with a variety of health problems, including brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, diarrhea, birth abnormalities, memory loss, and epilepsy.

Long-term exposure to acesulfame potassium, sold under the brand names Sunett® and Sweet One®, has been linked to headaches, depression, nausea, mental confusion, visual disturbances, kidney and liver problems, and even cancer. Acesulfame potassium contains the carcinogenic chemical methylene chloride.

Many of our prepared foods, beverages, and even prescription drugs include these harmful artificial sweeteners. They are not constrained in the number of names they can use to masquerade as us and use on our labels (see below). Children’s vitamins, toothpaste, mouthwash, cough medicine, gum, zero-calorie waters and other drinks, alcoholic beverages, candy, baked goods, yogurt, cereals, snack foods, prepared meats, salad dressings, and more all contain them. Please keep up your research, educate yourself as much as you can, and stay away from them at all costs. The majority of the material above contradicts the FDA’s “generally safe” designation for these. Go for the real thing if you need to sweeten. There are safe and natural alternatives, such as honey, natural maple syrup, and stevia, to ordinary sugar and anything else that sweetens, however they should still be used in moderation. Local honey (used sparingly) and all-natural stevia have really showed a lot of potential for improving rather than harming health.

 

VERIFY YOUR LABELS! It is recognized that these harmful synthetic sugars go by a variety of names, including:

  • Aspartame
  • Acesulfame potassium
  • Alitame
  • Cyclamate
  • Dulcin
  • Equal
  • Glucin
  • Kaltame
  • Mogrosides
  • Neotame
  • NutraSweet
  • Nutrinova
  • Phenlalanine
  • Saccharin
  • Splenda
  • Sorbitol
  • Sucralose
  • Twinsweet
  • Sweet ‘N Low
  • Xylitol