Earlier this year it became clear that a new artificial sweetener is entering the food industry, a replacement for the proven harmful aspartame, namely advantame.
Advantame is 20,000 times sweeter than sugar and about 100 times sweeter than aspartame. Once all the lab tests for the safety of this sweetener are completed, it will likely be included in many prepared foods, beverages, and medications.
Why should we be concerned about the effect of advantam on the body?
The concern of the researchers from the Center for Science in the Public Interest in the US comes from the fact that the number of surviving laboratory mice on which the effects of advantam on a living organism were tested are quite small.
In order to be consumed by millions of people around the world, this ingredient must go through more thorough checks and further developments and improvements.
Doctors recommend avoiding artificial sweeteners for people suffering from metabolic disorders, hormonal dysfunctions and extreme obesity.
Although the US Food and Drug Administration has declared advantama to be safe, concerns persist. Until strict controls over use and quantities are introduced, users of advantam are at risk of the potential harms that another artificial substancecan affect the body.