Beyond the Label: Artificial Sweeteners

There’s been a lot of talk out there about artificial sweeteners...the good, the bad, and the ugly. In our most recent episode of “Beyond the Label,” FitJoy's food scientist and nutrition expert, Scott Sturgill, talks about the potential dangers of artificial sweeteners like sucralose, aspartame, and saccharin, and why FitJoy bars never contain these ingredients.

“So believe it or not,” Scott says, “artificial sweeteners can potentially cause weight gain. It’ll increase cravings for carbs and sugary foods, and it does have an effect on our gut flora, which has a number of physical and emotional effects.”

Aspartame, for instance, has been known to cause headaches, while “sucralose can cause a number of issues like diarrhea, gas, and bloating, and it also can have an effect on our ability to absorb medicine, making the medicine basically ineffective.”  

Watch the full video (above) to learn more. Want more specifics? Read our blog post about artificial sweeteners. 

In our ongoing series, “Beyond the Label,” FitJoy’s food scientist and nutrition expert, Scott, reveals the hidden health risks or benefits behind different ingredients commonly used in snacks and protein bars.


The FitJoy Team

Our team likes to stay in the know and ahead of the game when it comes to eating, exercise, and wellness in general! We take the latest buzz in the nutrition world and make it easily translatable for your own life.


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