NYS Certified Nutritionist

Artificial Sweeteners to Avoid

Nutrition Action, the monthly newsletter from the Washington, DC based Center for Science in the Public Interest [CSPI] is the nutrition equivalent to Consumer Reports.  Exhaustively researching the scientific and medical literature, and using their own laboratories, Nutrition Action’s reporters provide its readers with useful, trustworthy information.

In one of the monthly issues an article detailed the current research on the subject of sugar substitutes.  In a comprehensive chart, a section labeled CAUTION, listed products to avoid because of health concerns.  Below is the list CSPI compiled and printed in Nutrition Action.  Consumers practicing mindful eating will appreciate their evaluations.

Monk Fruit Extract  [Brands:  Lakanto, Monk Fruit in the Raw]—Barely Tested

Acesulfame Potassium  [Brands:  Equal Original, Equal Spoonful]—Causes Cancer in Animals.

Aspartame  [Brands:  AminoSweet, Equal Original, Equal Spoonful, NutriSweet]—Causes Cancer in Animals.                    May Cause Headaches.

Saccharin  [Brands:  Necta Sweet,  Sugar Twin, Sweet ‘N Low]—Causes Cancer in Animals

Sucralose  [Brand:  Splenda]—Causes Cancer in Animals.

Bottom line…buyer beware.


Dateline- Latham, Albany County, New York