Artificial sweeteners have been around for a long time, and some of them can even be beneficial for those who are obese or diabetic. There are advantages to consuming sweeteners other than white sugar, but even so it should be done in moderation. There are no excuses for abusing your body by ladening it with potentially-harmful chemicals and elements which are synthesized in a lab.
Some of these sweeteners have zero calories, but that is only one side of the story. Just because something could help you in your quest to lose weight, doesn’t mean you should ignore its glaring disadvantages. You want to keep things in order, or else you could be putting your at risk, all in the name of keeping yourself of other risks. This is counter intuitive, to say the least, and it could lead to harmful consequences down the road if not kept in check.
The FDA does its job well, but just because it has ruled that certain sweeteners are safe for consumption, that doesn’t mean you should turn a blind eye to what your body is telling you. Your blood work should be looked at by a doctor, and appropriate substitutes should probably be recommended by a clinical dietitian. This is not always the case, but more often than not those who are interested in artificial sweeteners as a lifestyle should investigate and do the proper research.
What is the proper ratio? Which sweetener should you opt for? Which should you avoid? Should non-artificial sweeteners also be counted as ones which are unhealthy? Things like honey, agave, and stevia? There are so many suggestions, and in some cases the studies are too few and far between to come up with a proper recommendation. It should always be done on a case-by-case basis. Patients are all different, with different genetic dispositions and lifestyles, so it is pretty much impossible to provide a general recommendation other than moderation. Keeping things in order is key.
Some complain that after bombarding their system with artificial sweeteners which are often exceedingly higher in their sweetness than ordinary sugar, their system has difficulty adjusting, and foods begin to lose their flavors. People can become numb, in a way, to certain tastes. The sugar receptors in the body are sensitive, and messing with them may have some dire consequences. Like I said, it is completely on you. Awareness of yourself, your habits, and your blood work is part of what makes artificial and non-artificial sweeteners less harmful.