The fear of gaining weight as well as maintaining a healthy sugar level have made a lot of people opt for sugar free drinks. Most consumers of these drinks assume it must be healthier and safer than the other version; reason our markets are now proliferated by different types of carbonated drinks with claims of having zero Sugar. Virtually every drink now has its sugar substitute. for instance, we have the Zero soft drinks, zero energy drinks, zero yoghurts, zero this and zero that and the list goes on and on. How healthy are these drinks to our health? Are they as safe as the manufacturers’ claim?..are they truly good for our health?
Most of these drinks contain artificial sweeteners . These sweeteners are most times chemicals that are used to replace the sweetness of Sugar; and some of these chemicals, according to recent medical research, could be harmful to the human body. When next you call for a sugar – free drinks, you might want to reconsider these likely dangers you could exposing your health to.
Below are few of such sweeteners that may not be as health friendly as you think.
Aspartame: This sweetener is a common sweetener contained in most sugar- free drinks . The possible side effect this could have on you ranges from seizure, brain tumors, memory loss, depression, heart palpation, or even cancer as the case maybe
Sucralose/Splenda : According to recent medical research, sucralose can cause enlargement of both the liver and Kidney. It can also shrink the THYMUS GLANDS – an important immune system regulator, headaches , Skin rashes, stomach pains.
Saccharin: This is a Sulfa-based sweetener , which has a key ingredient known as BENZOIC SULFIMIDE. This sweetener may expose you to Skin problems ,diarrhea and other allergy- related symptoms.
Agave Nectar : this , according to research consists of 70-90% of fructose, which go directly to the liver , where the organ repackages it as blood fats called TRIGLYCERIDE; thereby increasing heart diseases risk. The high level of fructose in Agave Nectar can also contribute to insulin resistance , which happens to be a rick factor for diabetes.