What do you really know about artificial sweetners?
Most artificial sweeteners were discovered by accident. In 1879 a lab worker spilled a sweet-tasting chemical onto his hands; accidentally licked his fingers and saccharin had been discovered.
Almost 60 years later, a graduate student detected the sweet taste of a chemical that had accidentally seeped into the cigarette he was smoking and cyclamate was the result.
In 1965, chemist James Schlatter licked his fingers while concocting an anti-ulcer drug and bought aspartame into the world.
Now more than six thousand different types of food and drink worldwide are sweetened artificially.
Aspartame goes by the brand names NutraSweet and Equal. It is one of the first generation of artificial sweeteners and is 180 times as sweet as sugar.
Products containing aspartame are sold in over 100 countries and are consumed by over 250 million people worldwide.
The scientific name for aspartame is 1-aspartyl 1 phenylalanine methyl ester. It has three components:
- phenylalanine which makes up 50 percent of the chemical by weight
- aspartic acid — 40 percent
- methanol (wood alcohol) — 10 percent
They cottoned on early to the fact that they can replace sugar in their products with artificial sweeteners and then wack “diet”, “sugar-free”, and “low cal” claims all over the packaging. Of course that is going to make dieters rush to buy them.
However, the thing is that these artificial sweeteners are one of the worst things we can be consuming for our health. Why? They are both toxic and addictive, which is a highly dangerous combination.
If you are wanting to cut out sugar in your diet, you can do this without putting toxic chemicals into your body.