Nutrasweet And Other Artificial Sweeteners

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Should We Use NutraSweet & Other Artificial Sweeteners? Over the years there has been a huge food fight concerning the safety of NutraSweet and other artificial sweeteners. In the eyes of the consumer the safety of such products is questionable. In my opinion it isn't safe to use products like this. Though many scientists and other health professionals claim it to be safe I still don't trust these products. In 1981 the little blue packets of NutraSweet appeared on our restaurant tables, and by 1983 NutraSweet was being widely used in diet sodas. But as soon as this wonder of nutritional science appeared on the scene, there was great controversy over its safety. A component in NutraSweet, and other artificial sweeteners like it, known as aspartame was an extremely questionable substance and still is. Unlike many additives, aspartame consists of two naturally occurring compounds, although in a way nature never intended. The consumption of sugar and other caloric sweeteners has increased 20% in the U.S. since 1983. Though more people are avoiding table sugar (sucrose) they don't realize how much sugar they consume in the form of dextrose and high fructose corn syrup, which manufacturers add to a wide range of packaged foods. Many such foods aren't thought of as sweet: added sugars show up in soup, pasta, sauce, condiments, frozen dinners and bread. Research is inconclusive about whether artificial sweeteners, which can be hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, encourage a sweet tooth. The use of artificial sweeteners is the highest common denominator for women who gain weight. (Condor pg.3) Studies of aspartame's safety are based on little hard evidence. Since its approval aspartame has slowly but surely invaded the United State's food supply. In 1996 it was approved for use in all foods, from soft drinks to chewing gum, and yogurts and frozen desserts. Though aspartame

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