Artificial Sweeteners - Good or Bad?
Weighing up whether artificial sweeteners are a healthy option is tough. WIth a minefield of conflicting information. Sometimes this means it is hard to make an informed decision. This article aims to weigh up the pros and cons of artificial sweeteners.
Those with diabetes may benefit from choosing artificial sweeteners, as they offer a sweet taste without the accompanying rise in blood sugar levels.
Artificial sweeteners, when consumed instead of sugar, decrease the likelihood of tooth decay. This is because, unlike sugars, artificial sweeteners do not react with the bacteria in your mouth. This means they do not form acids or cause tooth decay (60Trusted Source).
Research also shows that sucralose is less likely to cause tooth decay than sugar. For this reason, in America, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows products containing sucralose to claim that they reduce tooth decay.
All in all, as to do with most things in life artificial sweeteners have both good and bad sides to their story. The use of artificial sweeteners instead of sugar may have benefits such as weight loss and dental health. However, there are possible side effects for some individuals who cannot digest certain types of artificial sweeteners. This can cause problems with gut health and furthermore can possibly cause allergic reactions that will lead to rashes or diarrhea.
If you are not a big fan of artificial sweeteners, I recommend that you try natural sweeteners instead. Natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, molasses, and honey can be a great alternative to sugar with added health benefits. Thank you for taking the time to read.