Learn about The Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners… and why you should avoid them!

If you are into health and fitness or just trying to lose weight, you are most likely to be using products that are sugar-free.

I have spoken about the dangers of sugar in another article (you can read it here) however there is another elephant in the room that needs to be addressed first: artificial sweeteners.

What are Artificial Sweeteners?

Artificial sweeteners were initially introduced to minimize the dangers and side effects of high sugar consumption and help people control their weight. Unfortunately the damages they introduced are, in some cases, even more severe and dangerous than the ones from sugar.

At this time, they can be found pretty much everywhere. From foods and sodas (often labeled sugar free, low fat, light or fat free) to chewing gums, oral hygiene products and of course dietary supplements. Speaking of dietary supplements, protein powder is usually one of the products that contains heavy amounts of artificial sweeteners 99% of the time. It is also one of the most basic supplements used in nutritional programs by anyone who seeks better performance, optimized health or both.

Here I will list most of the artificial sweeteners out there and dangers associated with each one of them.

Sucralose (or Splenda)

Initially marketed as Splenda, it is a chlorinated version of sugar (sucrose). It is made by replacing 3 hydroxyl groups with 3 chlorine atoms. In common English, Splenda is a sweetener with chlorine, a very known carcinogenic for humans.

Side Effects

While extensive research has not been conducted for Sucralose, a lot of side effects have been associated with its consumption as reported by the Sucralose Toxicity Information Center:

  • Skin rashes/flushing,
  • Panic-like agitation,
  • Dizziness and numbness,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Swelling,
  • Muscle aches,
  • Headaches,
  • Intestinal cramping,
  • Bladder issues,
  • Stomach pain.

What is even funnier (or scarier) is the fact that the chlorine used in sucralose has a chemical structure identical to the banned pesticide DDT and according to this study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18800291) from Duke University, sucralose can reduce the amount of healthy bacteria in your gut which are needed for proper digestion and can even interfere with the effectiveness of prescribed drugs.


Also known as Nutrasweet or Equal, this sweetener was discovered by accident in a lab while scientists were trying to come up with a drug for ulcer.

Side Effects

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by Nick Sigma CWC, EH, E-YRT200

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