Artificial sweeteners Kills your Liver

Artificial sweeteners Kills your Liver

By: Arlene Gentallan

Daily Health Tips
Artificial sweeteners kills your liver. Take in moderation.


        Table sugar, of which 1 teaspoon contains about 16 calories, is a culprit of maddening cravings, uncontrolled weight gain, diabetes, and tooth decay. No wonder,artificial sweeteners has penetrated the food industry with it's sweet "artificial" appeal. These man-made sugar substitutes are sweeter than your typical table sugar, with zero calorie. No wonder they've gained popularity among people who want to loose weight and diabetics.

        But before you over indulge yourself with these "artificial" goodness. Bear in mind that there are possible consequence. You may be putting your health at greater risk in exchange for extra sweetness.

        Although artificial sweeteners approved by FDA are considered safe, they are hot topic of controversy.



Liver Damage and Cancer


        A study in rats shows that consumption of aspartame and saccharin has toxic effects to the liver and a likelihood of liver cancer associated with it's long-term use. If you already have a per-existing liver disease, then taking artificial is not a wise move. Saccharin has also been linked to bladder cancer.




Weight gain

        Artificial sweeteners contains no calories but studies shows that it can lead to weight gain. Since artificial sweeteners does not result in rise of blood sugar, the body does not recognize that it as food, so instead, it triggers a hunger response to which our body will respond by eating more leading to weight gain.


        While you may not be able to cut down on artificial sweeteners, it is vital that you know the safe amount you can take per day.

Too much artificial sweetener is dangerous!


Recognize when you've had enough
There's is an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for each artificial sweetener. This is the daily intake approved by FDA.

  • Acesulfame potassium    15mg per kg
  • Advantame                    32.8mg per kg
  • Aspartame                     50mg per kg
  • Neotame                       0.3mg per kg
  • Saccharin                       5mg per kg
  • Sucralose                       5mg per kg



Artificial sweeteners are everywhere.


        Nowadays, artificial is used almost everywhere, from cookies, powdered juice, gum, diet soda, ketchup, yogurt, and many other processed foods. Just read the ingredients, you'll see there are a lot of products in groceries and stores with this magic sugar.


Here are the artificial sweeteners approved in the United States by the FDA:

  • Acesulfame potassium
  • Advantame
  • Aspartame
  • Neotame
  • Saccharin
  • Sucralose



How much sweeter are they?
  • Acesulfame potassium is 200 times sweeter than table sugar.
  • Advantame is 20,000 times sweeter than table sugar.
  • Aspartame is 60 up to 200 times sweeter than table sugar.
  • Neotame is 7,000 up to 13,000 times sweeter than table sugar.
  • Saccharin is 200 up to 700 times sweeter than table sugar.
  • Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than table sugar.



References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26015492
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2892765/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3198517/

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