Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hidden Cancer Sweeteners

It's nothing new that Tiny Tummy tries to limit her sugar intake as much as possible, but at the same time, I try to steer clear of anything containing aspartame and acesulfame potassium, two artificial sweeteners that may be closely linked to causes of cancer. It goes without saying that anything labeled "sugar free" that uses alternate forms of sweetener to sweeten their product requires a close look at the label to make sure neither of these nasty ingredients rear their ugly head, but you'll be surprised to find that even some products that don't label themselves as sugar-free (or ones you just wouldn't think to check) actually contain these suckers. Moral of the story: it's important to read those labels, but since I realize we don't all have an unlimited amount of time on our hands, here are my top five shocking foods that contain these ingredients.

Fiber One Cereal: Who would think that those twig-like morning munchies have aspartame in them? Such a shocker.

Emerald Cocoa Roasted Almonds: Guess they add a little bit more than just cocoa to those almonds before they roast them... bummer!

Dannon Light and Fit Yogurt: Among other "diet" yogurts, Dannon uses BOTH acesulfame potassium and aspartame in their yogurt... no wonder it's so low-cal. It's a cup full of chemicals!

Chewing Gum: Serious bummer here, but a lot of sugar-free gum is made from both acesulfame potassium (AKA "acesulfame K") AND aspartame. Orbit, Trident, 5, and Stride are all offenders... just to name a few.

Diet Swiss Miss: Although it is not labeled as sugar-free, this diet hot chocolate is sweetened with acesulfame potassium. Good thing Tiny Tummy has your go-to guide to make your own, cancer-free hot chocolate! Pin It

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