Artificial sweeteners harmful for health: Research

Tuesday 25 July 2017 4 weeks ago 32   New York   Print

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Report  Web Desk : New York: Artificial sweeteners have been shrouded in controversy ever since saccharin, the first no-cal sweetener, was discovered in 1878. Even then, public health advocates questioned whether these lab-created sweeteners were truly safe; saccharin, after all, was discovered by a chemist working with coal tar, a carcinogenic material. Artificial sweeteners give you all the benefits of sugar without the gut-busting consequences. Nearly 150 years—and an infinite number of conflicting studies—later, the issue still isn’t settled. The European Food Safety Administration, after an exhaustive review of the literature on aspartame, declared at the end of 2013 that the sweetener is safe at current exposure levels and doesn’t cause cancer. The advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest, meanwhile, decried that decision as a total “whitewash.” like most inventions of the chemical and food industries, artificial sweeteners aren’t living up to their promises. Cancer concerns aside, researchers are finding new reasons that these no-cal taste enhancers are posing undue health risks without fulfilling the promise of helping you lose weight. 02