I use sugar substitutes instead of sugar. My friend says they could cause cancer. Is this true? Should I use them?
Some studies years ago said there might be a link between artificial sweeteners then on the market and cancer. Even though those sweeteners were taken off the market, the FDA still requires warning notices put on labels. Right now, there are a variety of new sweeteners available – and more in the pipeline. So one thing to say at the outset is, whatever we think we know about artificial sweeteners, the reality is still changing.
What do I honestly think? I don’t use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes at all. Ever. I don’t think they taste good. And why take the risk they may have negative health effects? Besides, one spoonful of sugar is only 14 calories and no fat anyway. So if I want a little sweetness in my tea or coffee, I have a teaspoonful. No problem. I also never drink "diet" sodas. I hate the taste. I drink club soda or seltzer water with a shot of fruit juice in it. A woman I worked with years ago said "Get your sweetness from life." I love that.
On the other hand, if you’re a sugar "addict" like I once was and can’t stop eating sweets all day long, every day, then that’s something else. You will probably want to work on that, with God’s help, and your doctor’s too.