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Should We Use NutraSweet Other Artificial SweetenersOver 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 isnt safe to use products like this Though many scientists and other health professionals claim it to be safe I still dont 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 intendedThe consumption of sugar and other caloric sweeteners has increased 20 in the US since 1983 Though more people are avoiding table sugar sucrose they dont 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 arent 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 pg3Studies of aspartames safety are based on little hard evidence Since its approval aspartame has slowly but surely invaded the United States food supply In 1996 it was approved for use in all foods from soft drinks to chewing gum and yogurts and frozen dessertsThough aspartame has some pretty impressive backers and has been sanctioned by the World Health Organization American Medical Association American Cancer Society American
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