The effects of artificial and natural sweeteners on various physiological systems
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This study aimed to investigate the effects of commercially available natural (sugar cane molasses, white sugar and brown sugar) and artificial (Canderel, Equal, Natreen, Sweetex, Splenda and Swheet) sweeteners on various physiological systems. The artificial sweeteners tested in this study may be categorised into their respective groups based on their primary ingredient. The brands Canderel and Equal contain aspartame, Natreen and Sweetex consist of saccharin and Splenda and Swheet are composed of sucralose. The inclusion of artificial or natural sweeteners in the human diet has been continually debated and their implication in the development of certain diseases has raised concern regarding their safe use. Therefore, it is necessary that these food products be subjected to a battery of tests to determine adverse effects on human health.