You’ve heard of Stevia, xylitol, honey, and numerous other natural, healthy sugar substitutes. You’ve probably also heard of things like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose, chemically created artificial sweeteners that have been banned numerous times due to carcinogenic connections. In this world of naturally sweet, artificially sweet, pure sugar, low-calorie, and no-calorie, finding the right way to sweeten your morning cup of joe can seem like a complicated equation. In case you weren’t confused enough already, there’s now another contender on the scene…monk fruit. So what is this sweetener, and is it actually healthy? Let’s break it down.
It seems logical that you wouldn’t want to put a toxic metal into your mouth, right? Well, for over 150 years, dentists everywhere have been doing precisely that. Dental amalgam, or “silver fillings” are made up of 50% mercury and a 50% combination of other metals such as silver, tin, and copper. Small amounts of zinc, indium, or palladium also may be used. For years, experts have debated, and studies have seemingly contradicted each other regarding the use of this material. So what’s the truth about dental amalgam, is it actually safe? Read on to find out.