Artificial sweeteners are subject of conflicting claims about safety

The New York Times reports, “Although many people have nagging worries about artificial sweeteners, they still use mountains of them.” But, are they safe?Globally, artificial sweeteners are a $1.5-billion-a-year market. People use them to avoid sugar and calories. And, according to the Times, “for any of the sweeteners, one can as easily find a study that offers reassuring analysis of safety as one that enumerates potential alarming effects.”

Meanwhile, “the F.D.A. places the three main artificial sweeteners available today in the same category: ‘generally recognized as safe.'”

But “the Center for Science in the Public Interest … slaps an ‘avoid’ label on saccharin and aspartame, but deems sucralose and neotame – a newer, more intense sweetener that is chemically similar to aspartame – to be safe.”

And sugar “can make you fatter.”

The New York Times reports on artificial sweeteners, “most people can instantly tell an impostor. One reason is that the sweetener molecules also sideswipe receptors for bitterness, leaving an aftertaste.”

So “food companies have combined various artificial sweeteners, using one to mask the shortfalls of another.”

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