Artificial sweeteners can contribute to compulsive eating, an increased craving for sweets and fatty foods, and an increase in weight. Examples: Aspartame’s ingredients compete with Tryptophan and can block its conversion into serotonin; saccharin can cause an increase in one’s consumption of sweets. (Ross, Julia, MA. The Diet Cure, pp 36-37. p 36-37. NY:Penguin Books, 1999.)

Artificial sugar substitutes have some potential risks. These include the following substances:

  • Saccharin (Sugar Twin, Sprinkle Twin, Sweet ’n Low) is 300 times sweeter than table sugar.
  • Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet, NatraTaste) is 180 times sweeter than table sugar (sucrose)
  • Acesulfame-K (Ace K, Sunnett, Sweeet One) is 200 times sweeter than sucrose
  • Stevia is 15 –300 times sweeter than sucrose
  • SucaFlore (combination of FOS, soy extract, and potato startch)
  • Sucalose (Splenda) is 600 times sweeter than sucrose
  • Sugar alcohol (Mannitol, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Maltitol).

(Appleton, Nancy, PhD. Lick the Sugar Habit, Sugar Counter, p 17-20. NY Avery Penguin Putnam, 2001.)

Symptoms of using Aspartame and NutraSweet (e.g., impaired learning, headaches, seizures) may show up only after prolonged use of the sweetener. Females may be affected more than males. (Healy, Jane M., PhD. Endangered Minds. p 166-168. NY:Simon & Schuster, 1990.)

Too much aspartame (NutraSweet) may cause fluid retention and slow down weight loss in people who are trying to lose weight. (Bost, Brent W., MD, FACOG. Hurried Woman Syndrome. p 86. NY:Vantage Press, 2001.)