Artificial sweeteners : To meet consumer demand for sugar free options manufacturers use sugar alternatives and artificial sweeteners to maintain taste. There are several sweeteners that now dominant this particular segment of the food market. They are all excitotoxins that stimulate the sensory areas of the brain and create a desire for more , almost all of which have potentially harmful side effects:
Aspartame: also branded as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful or anything that states it is a source of phenylalanine. Over 6000 food products available to the consumer it's 180 times sweeter than sugar, it is an excitotoxin! May damage hypothalamus, linked to obesity, the most complained about additive in FDA history, commonly used in sugar free soft drinks, gum, sweets.
Sucralose : branded as Splenda. Many harmful side effects: initial tests have uncovered a shrinking of the thymus and enlargement of the liver and kidneys , reduced growth, decreased red blood cell count , diarrhoea as a result in ingesting Sucralose.
Acesulfame K : used often in soft drinks, no calories, stimulates release of insulin which causes hypoglycemia.
Saccharin : used heavily since 1950's was listed for a long time as an 'anticipated' human carcinogen which is sensitive individuals may cause irritability, insomnia, headaches, itching or diarrhoea, mood swings.
Summary: Should use natural sweeteners :organic maple syrup, local unheated honey.