Safe Sugar Substitutes

Safe Sugar Substitutes

Studies repeatedly show that sugar substitutes do not cause or increase the risk of developing cancer. The following information discusses research on approved low calorie sweeteners.

Sugar substitutes
Sugar substitutes

Ace-K Kosher Sugar Alternative – Acesulfame potassium (ace-K) has been thoroughly tested in several animal studies. They used amounts of ace-K that were far higher than any person could potentially consume. No evidence of cancer or tumors was found.

The Sugar Substitutes


A majority of research conducted over the last three decades has concluded that aspartame does not cause cancer. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently concluded that aspartame is not associated with increased risk of cancer. Even among individuals with high aspartame intakes. In September 2007, a panel of experts published a safety report on aspartame. They found “no credible evidence that aspartame is carcinogenic” (Magnuson, 2007).

Two recent studies by Italian researchers reported a link between aspartame and cancer in rats. The FDA found significant shortcomings in both studies. FDA subsequently stated that it does not plan to change its position on the safety of aspartame. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published an official opinion of the same tone.

Equal Zero Calorie Sweetener# and Splenda No Calorie Sweetener# are two of the most popular products that use aspartame. Xyloburst Peppermint Xylitol Chewing Gum# is the most popular chewing gum that uses aspartame.


Neotame was approved as a general purpose sweetener in 2002. More than 100 scientific studies were conducted on neotame, including cancer studies. Human studies were also conducted and “no significant effects of neotame were observed.


While saccharin’s safety has been the subject of ongoing controversy, the sweetener has been established as safe for many years. Studies conducted several decades ago found a link between saccharin consumption and bladder cancer in rats. This raised concerns. The FDA proposed a ban on saccharin in 1977 and required a warning label on products containing saccharin. Since then, researchers concluded that the findings on bladder cancer in the rats do not apply to humans. (NCI, 2006)

Other human studies on saccharin have found no consistent evidence to link saccharin with bladder cancer in humans. As of 2001, products containing saccharin no longer have to carry a warning label. Sweet ‘N Low Zero Calorie Sweetner is one of the most well-known products containing saccharin.

Stevia Sweeteners.

Several studies conducted on stevia sweeteners since the 1980s have shown that they are not associated with cancer. Recent research confirmed the conclusions of earlier research that steviol glycosides, the primary components of stevia sweeteners, do not pose a cancer risk. A popular Stevia sweetener is Stevia In The Raw Sweetner.

Additionally, in June 2008, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) completed a multi-year review of all the available scientific data on high purity steviol glycosides, and concluded that they are safe for use as general purpose sweeteners.


##Extensive research on sucralose and health has been conducted over the last two decades. Comprehensive toxicology studies designed to meet the highest scientific standards have clearly demonstrated that sucralose is not cancerous.

In addition, low-calorie sweeteners do not cause or increase the risk of other health conditions.

Low-calorie sweeteners are often inaccurately linked to adverse health effects, such as seizures, infertility, stomach ailments, and possible effects on kidney and liver function. However, the existing body of research does not support such effects.

Health authorities around the world have verified that low-calorie sweeteners are safe.

Sugar Storage Tip

Sugar Storage Tip
Sugar Storage Tip

Sugar, Sweet Sugar

Sugar, Sweet Sugar

Health experts proclaim the average American eats about 156 pounds of sugar a year – at least double what health experts recommend.

Did you know…

Canister of Sugar
Canister of Sugar
  1. A 20-ounce bottle of regular Coke contains the equivalent of 17 teaspoons?
  2. Can you imagine going to your bowl or canister and eating 17 teaspoons at one sitting?
  3. Do you check the content on food and nutrition labels?

Gram Conversion

To convert the grams listed on the food label into teaspoons, simply divide the grams of sugar by 4.2 to get the number of teaspoons.

For example, an 8-ounce container of fat free fruit yogurt has 43.1 grams, or 10.3 teaspoons. (43.1 divided by 4.2 equals 10.3).

The USDA recommends that the average person eat no more than 10 teaspoons per day.

Sweet Usefulness

But sugar isn’t all bad! We simply cannot leave out its good points.

Sugar Cubes

  • In small amounts, it helps yeast begin producing gas for raising yeast dough.
  • It tenderizes dough’s and batters for baked goods.
  • It helps brown baked goods.
  • It makes the crumb of baked goods moist.
  • It aids in the structure of cakes.
  • It is the white sugar in cookie dough that helps spreading to occur during baking.

The “sweet stuff” is such an integral part of our lives that to cut it out would be to remove much of the pleasure of eating. But, it does not have to be that way. Check out “Reduce Sugar, Not Flavor” on our sister site for information on reducing sugar intake, without reducing the sweet pleasure to your palate.

A Bit of History

In 1807, brothers William and Frederick Havemeyer immigrated to the United States from England to start a cane sugar refinery in lower Manhattan.

Five generations of Havemeyers supervised the company’s growth and expansion throughout the nineteenth century, adopting the most progressive methods in the industry.

In 1809, Henry Havemeyer organized the American Sugar Refining Company, which produced nearly all of the sugar in the United States at that time. The company, renamed Amstar Corporation, eventually became Tate and Lyle North American Sugars, Inc., which today owns the Domino brand.

Did you know?

During World War II, GIs called a letter from one’s sweetheart a “sugar report“.

Brown sugar won’t harden if you store it in the freezer.