You’re trying to cut out soda by adding a flavor enhancer like Mio to water. That’s admirable because SODA is really bad for you. Shouldn’t you know what you’re putting in that perfectly good water?
Mio contains: Water, Malic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Contains Less than 2% of Natural Flavor, Sucralose (Spenda) and Acesulfame Potassium (Ace K) (Sweeteners), Potassium Citrate, Red 40, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative).
Since 1998 Acesulfame potassium or acesulfame K or Ace K has been added to soft drinks. It is often blended with other sweeteners (usually sucralose or aspartame) and to make it taste more like sugar. It is used in baked goods, gum, diet soda and a variety of other products.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest urges consumers to avoid acesulfame-K. Animal studies show it may cause cancer and affect the thyroid. To quote: “In 1996 the Center for Science in the Public Interest urged the FDA to require better testing before permitting acesulfame-K in soft drinks. In addition, large doses of acetoacetamide, a breakdown product, have been shown to affect the thyroid in rats, rabbits, and dogs. Consumers should avoid this ingredient until it is better tested or banned.”
Furthermore, out of all the popular artificial sweeteners, Ace-K has been tested the least. It contains a known carcinogen, methlyne chloride. Long term exposure to Ace K has shown a risk of headaches, liver and kidney impairment, a link to cancer as well as mood fluctuations. As with other artificial sweeteners like Nutrasweet and acesulfame-K, numerous studies have proven that it may actually cause one to gain weight!
Research published in “Preventive Medicine” in 2008 found that consumption of artificial sweeteners for more than 10 years has been associated with development of urinary tract tumors.
A study in 2013 reports that drinking artificially sweetened soda during pregnancy may increase the risk of asthma and allergies in children.
Our lives are so filled with chemical additives. Why add one more to the list of food additives that you’re probably consuming? Yes – your body will be craving that “sweet” from the artificial sweetener – like a junkie with heroin. That’s just the addiction to sweetness. If you really feel that you have to use something like Mio, why not wean yourself off it too? Soon you will find that your sugar craving will disappear completely…. and best yet – you might even lose a few pounds!