Those little pink, yellow, and blue sugar substitute packets are readily available everywhere you go: restaurants, cafeterias, coffee shops, and grocery stores. Some of the most common are Sweet – n – Low, Equal, Splenda, and Nutrisweet, and the most common reasons people seek them is because they are either diabetic or they want to lose weight. Are these artificial sweeteners safe and which one should you choose?
Many people are unsure of which color sugar packet they should choose, pink, yellow or blue and what is the difference between them. In my opinion the answer is NONE! Stay away from them and avoid them as much as possible. I know the FDA has approved these sugar substitutes for human consumption, but the regulations are not as strict as they would be if these diet sugars were considered a drug and the FDA has been wrong before. Splenda actually advertises that it is all natural, but it adds a chemical, (chlorine) to it so how could it possibly be all natural and how can they even get away with saying it? Here is a list of the ingredients taken from the back of the packets:
Equal or Nutrasweet: Dextrose with Maltodextrin, Aspartame
Sweet ‘N Low: Nutritive Dextrose, Soluble Saccharin, Cream of Tatar, Calcium Silicate (an anti-caking agent)
Splenda: Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Sucralose
When I started researching these sugar substitutes for this article I was hoping to find the best one to use, so I could recommend it to you, and use it myself since I am a diabetic and the more articles I read the more I realized that some of these diet sugars are actually kind of scary. I know that the Sweet n Low (the pink packet) is not good because of the Saccharin causing cancer and I always avoided that one and chose the blue or yellow, but now I realize those are just as bad, but in a different way and that these sugars are probably the reason I am not feeling well right now. It turns out that Aspartame (the blue packet) can cause headache, dizziness, intestinal discomfort, nausea, skin rashes and Splenda (the yellow packet) can cause the same problems as the blue packet but add bladder issues and cramps to the list.
Of course all people are different and these sugar substitutes may or may not affect them in a bad way, but since these diet sugars are so available people tend to just assume they are a safe low calorie or calorie free sweet substitute for sugar and never once ever think that the headache or stomach ache that they get after consuming these products could be caused from those colorful little packets of evil sweetness.
So, after writing this article I am now going to stop using diet sugar substitutes to see if I feel any better and since I feel bad about telling you how terrible diet sugars are I am going to tell you about the one substitute that is sweet as sugar, it is natural (taken from the leaf of a shrub grown in South and Central America) and I have not seen any scary stories about it, it is called Stevia. I looked it up in the Wikipedia encyclopedia and it actually said that it may help produce insulin which is good news for diabetics. It is hard to believe that something so simple as diet sugar can cause so much controversy but after writing this article I have realized that these great sugar substitutes are really not so great and I cannot recommend any of them to use, but I can tell you that if you only use a small amount occasionally they should not cause you any harm, but when you do use them, pay attention to your body and how you feel after consumption. You may find that your body reacts differently to them and may tell you which one it prefers.