Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe?

August 2, 2006

2383658624.jpg This fact sheet on sugar substitutes was recently published in the US FDA July issue titled: No Calories…Sweet!

In a recent survey done among users of sugar substitute, the primary reasons for using these products is “to stay in overall better health” in 73% of the respondents and “to eat or drink healthier foods and beverages” in 68% of those surveyed.

There are so far five FDA-approved sugar substitutes namely aspartame, acesulfame K, neotame, saccharin and sucralose. As stated clearly, the FDA notes that “For each of the approved sweeteners, the typical amount used by U.S. consumers is well within designated ‘acceptable daily intake levels (ADI),’ or levels that can be consumed safely every day over a lifetime.“

Furthermore the FDA further emphasized the benefits of using these products: “Artificial sweeteners can help consumers cut down on calories and control weight, help to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, and potentially prevent cavities.” 

Likewise, as an endocrinologist, I usually recommend to my patients to control calories with sugar-free and light foods and beverages, with exercise, as very effective ways to help them control or lose weight without necessarily feeling deprived!

Lastly, in terms of safety issue: both the US FDA and the European Food Safety Authority have come up with the same conclusion: Aspartame is safe until proven otherwise by scientific data. 

No Calories…Really Sweet!

7 Responses to “Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe?”

  1. Maxim Says:

    Thanks for the info… I will also share this info to others about aspartame.

  2. Carmela Says:

    sugar substitutes really are a gift especially for diabetic patients who would still want to enjoy the sweet food they like while worrying less. as diabetes run in our family, i have really witnessed how “grateful” my relatives have been with sugar substitutes especially if they’re really really craving for their favorite sweet food. Congratulations on this site doc! Two thumbs up! Continue sharing your expertise to more people.

  3. wilson ng Says:

    I remember the very first diet cokes.

    They used sacharrin then, and they always have a warning label saying that sacharrin can cause cancer in laboratory animals.

    Is that still valid? Or has it been proven safe?

    Is it good to avoid sacharrin over other artificial sweeteners?

  4. Doc Gerry Says:

    It is still true for saccharin. But the dose that was given to laboratory animals was far more than the daily total amount that can be ingested by humans that it was calculated to really cause no harm to humans. Likewise, no link between saccharin and human cancers can be found in medical literature or are there ongoing studies or reports to link these substances to cancer formation. Becuase of the link of saccharin to animal cancers, aspartame or splenda are now the choices of consumers.

  5. Tommy Tolly Says:

    This is a great post, Thanks!

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