Artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes are often used in place of sucrose, otherwise known as table sugar, to sweeten foods and beverages. The three most popular sweeteners are: Aspartame (also known as Nutrasweet and Equal), Saccharin (also known as Sweet’N Low), and Sucralose (also known as Splenda). Although the National Cancer Institute states there is no clear evidence that artificial sweeteners such as those listed above are related to cancer risk, numerous studies performed on lab rats link Aspartame and Saccharin to cancer. Additionally, Aspartame is made up of 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid, and 10% methanol, all which have been recognized as neurotoxin.
The below graphic shows how a soft drink can impact your health.
Research from Institute for Integrative Nutrition
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