Canderel Side Effects

By Lisa Stauber

Canderel is a brand name of an artificial sweetener containing aspartame, and is the leading artificial sweetener in France and the United Kingdom. Canderel’s parent company, Merisant, also markets the similar sweeteners Equal and Nutrasweet in different parts of the world including the United States. Canderel has only a few calories per gram, and is much sweeter than sugar, making it an ideal sweetener for diet foods and drinks.

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Canderel is a brand name of an artificial sweetener containing aspartame, and is the leading artificial sweetener in France and the United Kingdom. Canderel’s parent company, Merisant, also markets the similar sweeteners Equal and Nutrasweet in different parts of the world including the United States.

Canderel has only a few calories per gram, and is much sweeter than sugar, making it an ideal sweetener for diet foods and drinks.

Use

Diabetic

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended an acceptable daily intake of 50mg/kg of body weight, which is over 4,000 mg per day for a 180 lb. man. There are 180 mg of aspartame in a 12 oz. can of diet soda; it would take over 22 cans to reach the acceptable daily intake.

Canderel is often used by diabetics, because it has no effect on blood sugar or insulin production. Canderel has less bulk than sugar, which could have a detrimental effect on jellies or jams made with the artificial sweetener.

Effects

Headaches have been ruled out

The only notable side effect of Canderel is a slightly bitter aftertaste reported anecdotally by some people. Headaches are often claimed as a side effect, but controlled studies have ruled out aspartame as a headache cause.

Canderel breaks down quickly in the body, forming phenylalanine, methanol, and aspartic acid. Other foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and meat also break down into these compounds in comparable amounts and no harmful side effects have been noted.

Considerations

Canderel is often used for weight loss

By itself, Canderel has almost no nutritional value. However, Canderel is always combined with other ingredients before ingesting. Many people use Canderel as part of a weight loss strategy, but the effects of too many of any foods, including sugar-free ones, can still cause weight gain.

Canderel is also used as a sugar substitute by diabetics. While Canderel won’t raise blood sugar levels, the other ingredients in foods made with Canderel may affect blood glucose and insulin levels

Controversy

Equal and Splenda

Spurious Internet warnings and chain emails claim that side effects of aspartame include neurotoxicity, seizures, birth defects, cancer, multiple sclerosis, brain damage and more. These claims have largely been debunked by well respected scientists and government officials. The Food and Drug Administration, charged with monitoring food additive safety, calls “aspartame, sold under trade names such as NutraSweet and Equal, one of the most thoroughly tested and studied food additives the agency has ever approved.”

Warnings

Canderal is safe for pregnant women

Canderal metabolizes into the amino acid phenylalanine and should not be eaten by anyone with the metabolic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU). Excessive phenylalanine can also cross the placenta and affect a developing fetus. Because of this, the FDA requires all foods containing Canderel to carry a phenylalanine warning label. Canderel, however, has been declared safe for pregnant women to use.

References

About the Author

Lisa Stauber is a freelance writer in Houston, Texas. Stauber writes about home, family, and natural living. She's been writing for over a decade and currently publishes a blog, two Houston-centric web columns, as well as writing informational articles. She studied at the Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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