Since everyone has a sweet-tooth to some extent, knowing what each sweetener actually is, its effectiveness, side effects, and which are known toxins is important to know. This is a first in a series on artificial sweeteners and ‘natural’ sweeteners commonly used. We’ll cover why some are considered toxic,what problems with some of the others are, and which are considered safe and possibly useful.
The list we’ll cover list in the order of usability.
Don’t use any sweetener at all.
While on keto your desire for sweet food will diminish and the fewer you have the faster you will reach that point. Some sweeteners are know to spike your insulin...without increasing your glucose...so thinking it through on why you want to use a particular sweetener a head of time my change your desire of needing a sweetener at all.
If you have to
Xylitol (be careful around your pets, especially dogs)
Haven’t tried but have read good things about this.
Safe but questions
Got issues with…Sugar alcohols
Over my dead body
Aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet, Natra Taste Blue)
Saccharine (Sweet’N Low, Sweet Twin)
Acesulfame K (ACE K, Sunette, Equal Spoonful, Sweet One, Sweet’n Safe)
HISTORY OF ASPARTAME
Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Toxicity Info Center:
Donald Rumsfeld and the Strange History of Aspartame
Here's the timeline of how things went down:
On Rumsfeld and Aspartame:
Dr. John Olney's letter to the Senate in 1987:
Effect of Sucralose (Splenda) on the Microbiome
A histological assessment of effects of sucralose on liver of albino rats.
The Artificial Sweetener Splenda Promotes Gut Proteobacteria, Dysbiosis, and Myeloperoxidase Reactivity in Crohn's Disease-Like Ileitis.
Intestinal Metabolism and Bioaccumulation of Sucralose In Adipose Tissue In The Rat.
Sucralose administered in feed, beginning prenatally through lifespan, induces hematopoietic neoplasias in male swiss mice
Effects of Sucralose Video: