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Day 11:

Beware of Artificial Sweeteners

When people are trying to reduce their sugar intake, it’s a common misconception that they can simply replace sugar with artificial sweeteners instead. Today Andrea explains why this isn’t a good idea.

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~ The Barbara’s Team

Now that you are trying to reduce your sugar intake, it might seem like a good idea to swap sugar for artificial sweeteners like sucralose and aspartame. However, I can reassure you – it’s not!

Swapping artificial sweeteners for sugar has been associated with stronger sugar cravings, weight gain, and a greater risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Eek! These findings are based primarily on studies of artificially sweetened soft drinks, which are highly popular and contain several types of artificial sweeteners. As little as one diet soda daily can significantly increase the risk of these health problems.[1],[2]

Experts have suggested that artificial sweeteners interfere with the body’s natural ability to respond to glucose. Some research has shown that the pleasure centers in the brains of people who often consume artificial sweeteners have altered patterns of activity in response to sweet taste. In animal studies, mice and rats that consumed artificial sweeteners had a reduced response to sweetness, which caused them to overeat high-calorie, sweet foods and gain weight.

Experts are still debating whether artificial sweeteners can cause cancer in humans. The Food and Drug Administration along with various cancer research groups have stated that artificial sweeteners are safe for human consumption. No less than the National Cancer Institute has stated that research of FDA-approved sweeteners “have not demonstrated clear evidence of an association with cancer in humans.” However, studies in animals have shown a relationship between artificial sweetener consumption and various types of cancer. For this reason, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has placed most artificial sweeteners on the “avoid” or “caution” list. They are also on Naturally Savvy’s “Scary Seven” list and as I always say: “If there is even the slightest chance that artificial sweeteners can cause harm to our health, I recommend erring on the side of caution and avoiding them all-together.”

If you would like to remove artificial sweeteners from your diet, take Naturally Savvy’s Artificial Sweetener Challenge at and click on the Scary Seven challenge.

[1] MedicalDaily. 4 dangerous effects of artificial sweeteners on your health.

[2] Swithers SE. Artificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements. Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism 2013 Sep; 24(9): 431-41.


Andrea Donsky, B. COMM, is an Author, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.), Editor-in-Chief, and Founder of Her passion is to inspire people to make enlightened choices for healthy living. Andrea has combined her background and expertise as both a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and an entrepreneur to educate the public on living an organic and non-GMO lifestyle through the creation of her businesses, books, articles, videos, speeches, and media appearances.