Healthiest Diet Sugar substitute- Aspartame and Saccharin

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Diet sugars are fast gaining popularity, so we decided to find out which is the best sugar substitute for your health. Here we are considering Saccharin and Aspartame.

Saccharin is perhaps the oldest popular sugar substitute. It was originally synthesized in 1879 and its sweet taste was discovered by accident. It is much sweeter than sugar, but has a bitter after taste.

Photo- Aspartame (nextaisle@flickr)

Photo- Aspartame (nextaisle@flickr)

Saccharin has been found to cause cancer in male rats. There have been several studies on the link between saccharin consumption and cancer. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organization), Saccharin is not classifiable as carcinogenic to human, despite sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity to animals. Regardless of this classification, there has been public skepticism over the use of saccharin. This has helped the wide adoption of Aspartame over Saccharin as a sugar substitute.

Aspartame is commercially available under a number of different brand names like Equal and Nutrasweet. In India, it is used in diet drinks, like Diet Coke.

It has been the subject of controversy regarding its safety since its initial approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Initial safety testing suggested that Aspartame cause brain tumor in rats, but was subsequently approved by the US FDA.

We have found no clear research that directly links health concerns with the consumption of Aspartame.

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  • Watchdog

    There is plenty of research demonstrating the detrimental aspects related to the consumption of Aspartame. Several noted researches show a link in neurological disorders and the use of Aspartame. Watch the DVD “Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World” for a more detailed analysis.

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    @watchdog,
    We are not promoting the use of Aspartame, but telling readers about the pros and cons of sugar substitutes.
    We suggest going with natural products for sweetening.

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