After becoming popular in the early 1900s, artificial sweeteners are found in everything from diet soda to diabetic-safe, sugar-free foods. But the most common ingredient in artificial sweeteners, aspartame, may have bad effects on your kidneys. The most common result of excess aspartame is extraneous urinary calcium output, which causes kidney stones.
One study showed that those who consumed artificially-sweetened diet sodas experienced decreased kidney function. The challenge is, it’s hard to say if it was specifically due to the sweeteners or the other ingredients in the soda. Either way, the safest thing for people looking for alternative sweeteners is to take a natural route. Sweeteners like agave, stevia, and maple syrup are popular choices for anyone looking to leave cane sugar behind..