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.
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 carcinogenicâ€ (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 saccharinâ€™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.
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.