Sugar VS Sweetner.
If you thought that substituting sweeteners in place of sugar was better for you, you may want to read this first.
According to a new study by the University of Sydney, ‘more than half of us are exceeding the World Health Organization’s recommended daily intake of added sugars,’ which is at 10%.
Sugar can be found in lots of food and, in a bid to improve your sugar intake, you might reach for that artificial sweetener instead.
Artificial sweeteners are chemical substances that are used as an alternative to sugar to sweeten foods and beverages.
Whilst they add fewer calories to your diet than sugar, consuming sweeteners can lead to side affects, such as diarrhoea.
Each brand of artificial sweetener consists of chemical sweetening ingredients.
Equal is probably the most common artificial sweetener; this contains the sweetening ingredients of aspartame and acesulfame potassium.
The US National Cancer Institute found in 2006 that the consumption of aspartame does not increase in the risk of brain cancer, leukaemia or lymphoma .
However, people with phenylketonuria or PKU cannot break down phenylalanine, one of aspartame’s by products, and therefore it is not safe for them.
Whilst there is no certain evidence that sweeteners have a negative effect on your health, it’s important to read the packaging closely and research the sweetening ingredient used.
If you have any concerns make an appointment with your doctor today.