Artificial sweeteners are non-nutritive additives that are used to synthetically sweeten up foods and beverages. Studies suggest that artificial sweeteners maybe linked to damaging intestinal bacteria. Research studies have also suggested a connection between artificial sweetener consumption and glucose intolerance and damage to the gut microbiome. Furthermore, artificial sweeteners may alter taste perception, leading to a reduction in the consumption of more nutritious, whole foods.
Until we know more about the potential effects of artificial sweeteners on the body, we’ve decided to keep items that contain them off of our shelves.
Where You Might Find Them
Soft drinks, candy, jams, jellies, yogurt, canned fruits, juices, nutrition bars, baked goods, chewing gum and toothpaste are some examples of items in which you might find artificial sweeteners.
Banned Artificial Sweeteners
- Calcium Saccharin
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (Glucose-Fructose Syrup)
- Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate (HSH)
- Neotame – E961
- Saccharin/Saccharine – E954
- Sucralose (Splenda) – E955
- Acesulfame K (Ace-K or ACE)/Acesulfame Potassium – E950
- Cyclamates (Cyclamic Acid)
- Aspartame – NutraSweet (APM) – E951