Reaching out for sugarfree candies and gums? Think twice.
More and more health-conscious and diabetic people are satisfying their cravings for sweetness by seeking out foods containing sugar substitutes such as sorbitol, xylitol, aspartame, and without realising their link with serious health implications. "Sugar-free", "low calorie", "low-carb" and "diabetic-safe" are some common food claims on beverages, candies, yoghurt, cookies and chocolates that are used to lure these consumers.
Researchers warn that these artificial sweeteners can cause dangerous toxic reactions in the human body, and that the consumption of these chemical food additives during pregnancy and by children is one of the greatest modern tragedies.
Read about these sweeteners and what their opponents have to say:
And as if these are not enough to complicate matters and confuse consumers, there also exist sugar alternatives that claim to be "all-natural", "raw", and "healthy". Do know what they really are when using them: