7 Best and Worst Sugar Substitutes
A sugar substitute can help keep you in your skinny jeans, but it may be harming your health. Here's the scoop on the best -- and worst -- sugar substitutes
The Worst No. 3: Saccharin (aka Sweet N' Low)In the early '70s, researchers found that rats who chowed down on saccharin were more likely to develop cancer than rodents who didn't. What's more, some experts believe the health effects aren't limited to lab animals. "Saccharin may add to the body's toxic load," says Foroutan. The chemicals found in artificial sweeteners like this one can cause inflammation, hormonal imbalances, and chronic disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, she says.
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