Sweetners - Good & Bad

Good & Bad

Healthy Sweetener Use Guide

Sweeteners to UseSweeteners to Avoid
Stevia*Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Canderel)
Barley MaltNeotame
Evaporated Cane JuiceSucralose (Splenda)
Fruit JuiceAcesulfame-K (Sunette, Sweet & Safe, Sweet One)
Rice SyrupCyclamates
Licorice Root (small amounts)Refined Sugar
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)High Fructose Sweeteners
AmasakeSugar Alcohols (xylitol, sorbitol)
* Safe for Diabetics Can Be Used in Very Small Amounts

Avoiding Hidden Aspartame & Artificial Sweeteners

Aspartame can be found on the ingredients list in the following products:
Soft drinks, over-the-counter drugs & prescription drugs (very common and listed under "inactive ingredients"), vitamin & herb supplements, yogurt, instant breakfasts, candy, breath mints, cereals, sugar-free chewing gum, cocoa mixes, coffee beverages, instant breakfasts, gelatin desserts, frozen desserts, juice beverages, laxatives, milk drinks, shake mixes, tabletop sweeteners, tea beverages, instant teas and coffees, topping mixes, wine coolers, etc.

please check labels carefully and compare it against the list of "Sweeteners to Avoid". Many people make the mistake of not checking labels carefully and continue to poison themselves. In addition, many people do not realize that their children may be given aspartame- or other artificial sweetener-containing foods or drugs at school without their knowledge. (Note: In some countries such as Australia, the word "aspartame" may not appear on the label, but the phrase "phenylketonurics: Contains phenylalanine" appears instead.) Talk to the school director and to the local pTA to assure that this does not happen.
Many people find it much easier to avoid toxic sweeteners by shopping at the local, large health food store when possible. Many health food stores have banned artificial sweeteners (especially aspartame) for obvious reasons. But it is still important to check labels as some health food stores are unknowingly selling aspartame, acesulfame-k, and sucralose!

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