Let me start by saying that I am not an expert when it comes to sweeteners. What I will say is that I have read many articles on them and now feel I know what to believe and what not to believe. In this article I make no claims as to what is or is not the best sweeteners to use. My only advice with this is their is much information and misinformation flying around the internet so be sure what you read is correct. Be sure proper research has been done to verify any and all claims. Most importantly remember the old saying “Don’t believe everything you read!” Don’t assume that just because you read it somewhere it’s 100% accurate. I attempt to make no claims of accuracy in this article
I just finished reading what I consider to be an inaccurate article on sweeteners. It was shown on a well known and fairly reputable website which is scary. It’s scary because there is already so much misinformation out there that people don’t know what to believe. So when a reputable site puts it out there the masses tend to automatically believe it. The article claims certain sweeteners which I consider “bad” as good and ones I consider “better” as bad. Notice I didn’t say I consider any sweeteners “good.”
In the article Sugar Alcohols, also known as xylitol, sorbitol, and erythritol are considered good. It’s been shown sugar alcohols cause severe diarrhea in many people and is toxic to dogs. the article even mentions this! Sugar Alcohols are made from a fermentation process of corn or sugar cane. I won’t say they are bad but I would certainly say anything which causes severe diarrhea and is toxic to any animal is far from good. The article also put sugar alcohols ahead of all natural Bee’s Honey which is just crazy to me.
The article claims Stevia as the best of all natural sweeteners. Now I don’t know if it’s great or not but what I do know is it has only recently been approved by the FDA. The same FDA which has approved so many dangerous drugs over the past few years. Stevia has not been approved by the World Health Organization as it feels more testing needs to be done and I agree! Stevia also does not do well in baked items. I have used stevia and have to say I personally don’t care for the bitter taste.
In the article it also claims Sucralose, better known as Splenda contains chlorine. From what I have read and believe is sucralose contains chlorides, not chlorine. Chlorides is the same thing found naturally in many vegetables and salt. The article did not show any negative side affects to people or animals. Again I’m not saying it’s good but if I had my choice between sugar alcohols and severe diarrhea or sucralose and no diarrhea it’s pretty obvious which I’ll choose. I will add also on this that sucralose has been approved by the World Health Organization.
The article goes on and discusses more sweeteners such as Agave, Aspartame, Blackstrap Cane Molasses of which I agree with some what is said. One humorous note about the post is in very small print at the bottom of the article they stated certain things in previous post were “inaccurate.” The print was so small and lightly colored that if you weren’t paying attention you’d miss it altogether. I believe next weeks article should contain such statements at the bottom in regards to this article.