Despite generating doubts, especially because it is an industrialized product, the sweetener does not hurt . Even the artificial ones have no scientific proof that they cause damage to health, as long as they are consumed within the recommendations of maximum daily intake. And that goes for the supposed immediate harm, like heartburn , or in the long run, like diabetes .
There is a guideline for the acceptable daily intake (IDA) of different substances, which establishes limits for their daily consumption in a safe way. That is, respecting the indicated values, it is possible to use the sweetener without causing damage to the organism.
Despite this, the guideline is that sweeteners are consumed by those who really need them, such as people with diabetes or in calorie restriction.
What are the side effects of the sweetener?
If the maximum daily intake is respected, there is no evidence that sweeteners can cause more serious problems. It is possible that there are cases of sensitivity to a certain substance, causing consumption, even in recommended amounts, to generate headache or diarrhea , for example.
Regarding possible adverse effects, the endocrinologist Daniele Zaninelli advises that those who need to use sweeteners follow the recommendations of the Brazilian Diabetes Society, alternating between the sweeteners available on the market so that there is no continuous exposure to the same substance for long periods.
The doctor also points out that sweeteners are added to industrialized , ultra- processed foods , which can be aggressive to the gastrointestinal tract, especially if there is already an antecedent problem.
However, there is always the orientation of moderate consumption and good eating habits.