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3 Artificial Sweeteners to Avoid - 2nd Week

By Genevieve Cunninghm

Somewhere along the way in our quest for delicious foods, we started adding sugar or sweeteners to everything. Even foods that really shouldn’t be sweet now contain so much sugar that we wouldn’t recognize it (or like it!) without the added sweet taste. While this doesn’t sound bad on the surface, it may be one of the contributing factors to the decrease in general health of the population. What’s more, some of these sweeteners themselves bring some negative side effects. Take a look at these three sweeteners to avoid if you want to protect your health for a lifetime.


Seriously, this stuff is poison to your body. Don’t eat it! The bad side of aspartame has been known for a while now, and yet it's still found in many foods and drinks. Aspartame has caused horrible side effects for a great many people. Some of these include headaches, mouth infections, ulcers, nausea, digestive problems, and a whole host of others. While this was once the go-to sweetener for all diet drinks, most health professionals advise you to stay far away from this toxic sugar substitute.

Agave Nectar

You probably thought this was a healthy alternative to sugar. After all, that’s the way it has been heavily marketed. The truth is that agave nectar contains a higher percentage of fructose than even high fructose corn syrup. The good news is that agave doesn’t produce a spike in blood sugar, but it does cause problems for the liver and can heighten your chances of heart disease.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

By this point, we all know that we’re supposed to avoid this sweetener. And yet, most of us still consume way too much. High fructose corn syrup can be found in so many foods ranging from ketchup to salad dressing to yogurts and so many more. Not only can it cause you to gain excess weight (which brings even more side effects), but it may also lead to heart disease, diabetes, and can increase your appetite causing you to eat more.

We all like sweet foods. It’s natural and normal to want your food to taste good to the tongue. But, is it worth your health? If you can, get used to foods the way they are made. Limit your sweet tooth and protect yourself! If you can’t, at least avoid these three sweeteners and opt for real sugar or healthier options.

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