Among the variety of honey products for sale was an artificial imitation honey promoted by a prominent diabetes organization that contained several dangerous ingredients, some of which could be particularly problematic for diabetics. Not only is the artificial sweetener acesulfame K a big issue, but the leading ingredient maltitol syrup (manufactured from corn starch, a likely GMO ingredient) has a very high glycemic index, with maltitol syrup rated almost as high as sugar!
The bittersweet irony is that many studies have shown aspartame and other artificial sweeteners (in this case acesulfame potassium) to be more dangerous for diabetics than regular sugar and can induce more weight gain and aggravate low blood sugar attacks.
A scientific study conducted in 2008 by the Centre of Advanced Study, Cell and Chromosome Research at the University of Calcutta titled, “Genotoxicity testing of low-calorie sweeteners: aspartame, acesulfame-K, and saccharin” found that acesulfame potassium and saccharin caused even greater DNA damage than even aspartame!
Some more specific information posted at Sweet Poison.com about Acesulfame Potassium:
Acesulfame Potassium (K) was approved for use by the FDA as a safe artificial sweetener in July, l988. It is a derivative of acetoacetic acid. Unfortunately, several potential problems associated with the use of acesulfame have been raised. They are based largely on animal studies since testing on humans remains limited. The findings showed the following:
Acesulfame K stimulates insulin secretion in a dose dependent fashion thereby possibly aggravating reactive hypoglycemia (“low blood sugar attacks”).
Acesulfame K apparently produced lung tumors, breast tumors, rare types of tumors of other organs (such as the thymus gland), several forms of leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in several rodent studies, even when less than maximum doses were given. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, it was petitioned on August 29, l988 for a stay of approval by the FDA because of “significant doubt” about its safety.
Dr. H.J. Roberts, Aspartame (NutraSweet) Is It Safe?, Charles Press, page 283/84.
For more on big store bought honey – and its many unlabeled imitators – check out this Natural News article “Shock finding: More than 75 percent of all ‘honey’ sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all, by definition”: