Sugar Substitutes

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 12.01.30 PMGo ahead. Tell me you didn't already think of this image. Irony is a beautiful thing. But irony that causes multiple neurons to fire in people who have a tenuous grasp on reality is far better.

Artificial sweeteners have been accused of causing everything from cancer to autism to the Hindenburg disaster. "Crazy Joe" Mercola has referred to aspartame, perhaps the least toxic chemical you will ever find, as "By Far...

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.26.24 PMIn just a few days, Diet Pepsi will no longer contain the artificial sweetener aspartame. PepsiCo is replacing aspartame in Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi, and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi with another artificial sweetener, sucralose (commonly known as Splenda), which is used in Coke Zero.

The move follows consumer backlash against aspartame, and has everything to do with marketing and nothing to due with sound science. Even PepsiCo itself acknowledged this fact: Decades of studies have...

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.26.24 PMDr. Joe Schwarcz, the director of McGill University's Office for Science & Society, is well known for his able dissections of quackery of all types. In a recent article in the Montreal Gazette, he takes on and (in our opinion) demolishes the attacks on aspartame. The basis of his take on the subject is chemistry something the anti-aspartame fringe element doesn t seem to understand at all.

For an example of his take on...

Foods and beverages containing sugar substitutes are widely used in the United States and other countries; they offer attractive dietary options for people who are trying to limit calorie intake and/or reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Extensive scientific research supports the safety of the five low-calorie sugar substitutes currently approved for use in foods and beverages in the U.S. acesulfame-K, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, and sucralose.

This report by the American Council on Science and Health summarizes the scientific facts about the safety of sugar substitutes.

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