2. Artificial sweeteners
A lot of us may remember the introduction of artificial sweeteners such as Saccharine as a low-calorie substitute for sugar. It was great for the makers of artificial sweeteners since consumers bought them with the hope of helping them lose weight. Since then, many other artificial sweeteners have emerged, and have been included in more and more food products, including many that are not even advertised as “diet” foods. The problem with just about all artificial sweeteners is that they can actually promote weight gain. There’s also the issue of the potential damage they can do to your health, such as increasing the likelihood of diabetes or damage to the kidneys.