The Low Down
Calories from sugar can sneak up quickly—ultimately sabotaging your diet if you’re one who doesn’t have a watchful eye. The key to any diet is moderation. Next time you’re out food shopping read the label; you’ll notice that some food items contain artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame (Equal) and Saccharin (Sweet n’ Low). These fake sugar substitutes have been scrutinized, creating the misconception that they’re harmful to our bodies. That’s largely due to studies dating back to the ‘70s that have linked some popular substitutes like saccharin to bladder cancer…in laboratory rats. But according to the National Cancer Institute and other health agencies, there’s no sound evidence that some cause detrimental health issues. The two that do pose a risk are succralose (Splenda) and agave nectar. Research has confirmed that they are safe in moderation, affirming that over consumption of anything can be consequential to our health.