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Recently, moms have been targeted by advertising campaigns that are encouraging them to use artificial sweeteners, specifically aspartame. According to Health Canada, aspartame is considered to be a “safe” food additive. Of course, artificial sweetener brands, like Equal Canada, agree (and promote the use of their products).
And yet, there are natural options out there that seem to be overlooked in favour of the chemical sweeteners. Why aren’t the majority of people who want sugar substitutes choosing alternatives like stevia?
Why aren’t the major brands who manufacture artificial sweeteners using their resources to create the healthiest possible choices to meet this market demand? Health Canada explains why stevia has been approved for use in numerous natural health products, but not as a food additive.
Finally, Dr. Oz’s website has a great article that explains how artificial sweeteners may actually contribute to weight gain.
Are artificial sweeteners a concern for you? Are you comfortable using chemical sweeteners such as aspartame in your food and drinks? Why or why not?
How do you feel about natural alternatives such as stevia? Are they worth the extra expense?