Saturday, May 6, 2017

Artificial Sweeteners

I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6. I think saccharin was the only artificial sweetener back then. I used saccharin throughout my childhood, and many years beyond. Then there was Sucaryl, a liquid sweetener that contained cyclamate. The cyclamate was found to cause cancer, so it was no longer sold. There were several other artificial sweeteners after that, none of which I used. I was still using saccharin. Then a Canadian study reported that saccharin caused cancer in rats. It was banned in Canada, the UK, and some other European countries. I could not find it at my grocery store or drug store. A report emerged that said the statisticians in the Canadian report had fed the rats very large amounts of saccharin. If a human ate an equivalent amount of saccharin, proportional to weight and body size, it would probably cause cancer in humans, too. That was false and misleading statistical research. Saccharin was no longer banned in the US, but it was still banned in Canada. I use Sweet 'n Low, in the little pink packets. If you read the label you will see that product contains saccharin. I was so accustomed to saccharin for such a long time that Sweet 'n Low seems just right to me. I have used it for a long time. I think there were other sweeteners that were reported to cause cancer. Do you see a pattern here? If one sweetener is found to cause cancer, probably in rats, and it is banned, then the coast is clear for introducing a new sweetener. But, does the one that was banned really cause cancer , or was it a scam caused by false reporting, like the one with saccharin?
Aspartame is in all the Crystal Lite and the diet sodas that I drink every day, and it has been reported to cause problems with some users, but I don't think it has been reported to cause cancer, yet.
For 71 years I have been a type 1 diabetic, and I have used artificial sweeteners for all of those years. I feel perfectly safe with all the sweeteners I have used.
It has been reported that diet sodas may cause "dementia and stroke", really? If we could see the statistician's report, we might find some inappropriate sampling techniques. I am not going to stop drinking a quart of Crystal Lite, and a diet soda each day. I am not going to stop using an average of three packets of Sweet 'n Low each day. I feel perfectly safe with these artificial sweeteners.

P.S. Have you looked up some of these topics on the "Snopes" website? You can find some very interesting reports there.

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