When society decided that sugar needed to be cut out of their diets, the food industry began replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners. One of these is Acesulfame-K, a chemical sweetener 200 times sweeter than regular sugar. Unfortunately, these artificial chemical sweeteners are damaging our bodies more than sugar ever could.
Studies done on Acesulfame-K
Animal studies were performed, but the results were ignored by the FDA. These results should have prompted further studies before it was approved for human consumption! Acesulfame-K caused many different types of tumors (including lung tumors and breast tumors), various types of leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in the animals. How does that equal “safe”? Why, with those obvious dangers from Acesulfame-K, did the FDA decide to approve its use in our foods??
Health Dangers of Acesulfame-K
In addition, Acesulfame-K contains a known carcinogen, or cancer causing agent, called Methylene Chloride. In addition to causing cancer, Methylene Chloride also has severe side effects to us when we eat it for long periods of time, such as:
- Mental confusion
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
What doesn’t make sense is why the FDA has approved this chemical sweetener (AKA chemical killer)!! Because of the health dangers exposed during the animal testing of Acesulfame-K, they SHOULD have required further testing prior to approving it for human consumption. Obviously they aren’t that interested in our safety.
Think about how many children in our country today have cancer; or diabetes; or are overweight. Many people blame the parents for allowing their children to eat too much “junk”. Well, guess what? They are half right. I won’t deny that some parents do, in fact, allow their children to eat way too much junk food. However, when I was a kid, we used to eat a lot of junk food too…and being a “fat” kid was still not common. Today, it has become the norm, and the culprit is the food industry. All of these nasty dangerous additives that are used in processed foods are making our children sick and overweight.
So it’s up to us to check the ingredients list on food labels. Acesulfame-K is commonly found in baked foods, chewing gum, gelatin and sodas. It has many names, so when reading the labels, look for Acesulfame-K, Acesulfame Potassium, Ace-K or Sunett.