Its not how many think..
Many artificial sweeteners do actually contain calories however due to the massive difference in levels of sweetness between sugar and artificial sweeteners only very small amounts of artificial sweeteners are needed to make foods taste sweet, so you consume very small amount of the product and consequentially ” virtually no calories “…
When you eat food or consume drinks the taste receptors that cover the surface of your tongue ( and mouth and throat ) recognize food molecules that have one a number of different tastes including sweet, sour, bitter and salty
Artificial Sweeteners are ” similar enough” to sugar molecules structurally to be able to bind with the taste receptors eliciting the ” sweet taste response” but they are many 100’s or even 1000’s of time ” sweeter” than sugar..
Common artificial sweeteners and how much sweeter than Sugar they are..
Aspartame, brand names inc NutraSweet, Equal, or Sugar Twin, is 200 times sweeter than table sugar.
Acesulfame potassium AKA as acesulfame K, brand names Sunnet or Sweet One, is 200 times sweeter than table sugar.
Advantame is 20,000 times sweeter than table Sugar.
Aspartame-acesulfame salt, brand name Twinsweet, is 350 times sweeter than table Sugar.
Cyclamate banned in the USA is 50 times sweeter than table sugar.
Neotame, brand name Newtame, is 13,000 times sweeter than table sugar
Neohesperidin is 340 times sweeter than table sugar
Saccharin brand names inc Sweet’N Low, Sweet Twin, or Necta Sweet, saccharin is 700 times sweeter than table sugar.
Sucralose. Sucralose, brand name Splenda is 600 times sweeter table sugar.
The acceptable daily allowance for Sucralose is 5mg per kg of Bodyweight, that for me is 500mg a day
The acceptable daily allowance represents an amount 100 times less than the quantity of sucralose found to be safe in research studies
A packet of Splenda contains 12 milligrams of sucralose.
So I am allowed 41 packets of Spenda a day before I exceed the daily acceptable allowance
But here is the kicker
There are many different types of articifical sweetners and they all different chemical structures with different “ risks attached”
You cant lump them all together
So Sucrose has a different ADI than Aspartame
The FDA established an acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aspartame of 50 milligrams per kilogram of body weight (mg/kg) per day
Aspartame is one of the most exhaustively studied substances in the human food supply, with over 200 studies supporting its safety
Again the ADI represents an amount 100 times less than the quantity of sucralose found to be safe in research studies
So me that is 5,000mg a day
One can of Diet Coke contains about 180 mg of aspartame
That’s 27 cans of Diet Coke a day !
IMO I think its fair to say that for our tribe, drinking Diet Soda should be a long long way down your list of concerns
Guys are willing to take drugs never even tested on a Rat and are worried about something with 200 studies behind it all saying ” seems safe”
Recommended Use Strategy ?
My recommended strategy for use is the same one I use on all things that there might/maybe an issue with that is ” rotational exposure”
Choose a different class of sweetener each time you purchase one
or if you can afford it buy a box of 4 -5 different ones, open them all and mix them all up together..