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Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad?

By James Brown | In | on March 4, 2017

Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad ?

A long standing controversy has surrounded artificial sweeteners with unfounded claims stating that they can cause cancer or death or other crazy ailments in normal healthy individuals. As mentioned in a prior blog post – always check when you hear any crazy claim, that is ask for a reference. Now, are artificial sweeteners safe to ingest for a normal healthy individuals? Yes. Why? The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) evaluates artificial sweeteners for safety before giving them approval for general population consumption. The FDA evaluates hundreds of safety studies looking at these artificial sweeteners before giving them the green light. The FDA even lists an ‘Acceptable Daily Intake’ or ADI for each artificial sweetener out there on the market. “An ADI is the amount of a substance that is considered safe to consume each day over the course of a person’s lifetime.” If the person has an intake less than the ADI – safety is not an issue. However, per the FDA:

 

“Are there any high-intensity sweeteners that should be avoided by some people?
Consumers with phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare genetic disorder, have a difficult time metabolizing phenylalanine, a component of aspartame, and should avoid or restrict aspartame consumption.  Sensitive consumers can avoid food products containing aspartame by looking at the label of such products, which must include a statement to inform phenylketonurics that the product contains phenylalanine.”

 

So unless you have the rare genetic disorder listed above, eating artificial sweeteners within the listed ADI table below will present no problems to the average healthy individual. Enjoy that diet coke.

References:

https://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAdditivesIngredients/ucm397716.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAdditivesIngredients/ucm397725.htm#SummaryTable

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