The Sweet and Lowdown on Sweeteners

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From sucrose to high fructose corn syrup to... lead? Hank gives us the sweet and lowdown on sweeteners.
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  1. MrKilroi
    4 ditë më parë

    Could you cover alcohol sugars? Like xylitol , Erythritol and sorbitol.

  2. Biker_Hackerman
    5 ditë më parë

    If cats cant taste sweet why does my cat eat honey

  3. Scott Reynolds
    Scott Reynolds
    9 ditë më parë

    So bullets are sweet ?

  4. Nobody Important
    Nobody Important
    10 ditë më parë

    It is so interesting how a lot of people are still uneducated about artificial sweeteners. I work in the food industry and a lot of customers purchase the "sugar free" or "diet" sodas over their sugar counterparts because they think artificial sweeteners are healthier and will help them either lose weight or not gain weight.

  5. Philip Aubin
    Philip Aubin
    13 ditë më parë

    Fructose and glucose use to separate pathways for storage and metabolism and their rate of cellular uptake is different. You should have included more science.

  6. DeAnne Hilton
    DeAnne Hilton
    18 ditë më parë

    You guys and girl are all adorable. Thank you for your facts.

  7. Vlek
    23 ditë më parë

    13:50 hold on aspartame gets broken down into methanol how the hell isnt everyone who drinks pepsi max, cola zero or anything zero not blind yet?

  8. The Shell Family
    The Shell Family
    25 ditë më parë

    Simultaneously looking up baking recipes 😂 🤷🏽‍♂️ 🤦🏽‍♂️ 😏

  9. Wasa Bista
    Wasa Bista
    28 ditë më parë

    18:16 So that's why Caligula and Nero were so batshiat crazy! Lead-eating mofos.

  10. Colin Smith
    Colin Smith
    Muaj më parë

    Fun fact, you actually don't need sugar, or carbs at all, in your diet in any form. You can live on a purely carnivorous diet, and your body goes from running on glucose to running on ketone, a metabolic sugar formed from the breakdown of proteins and fats. If your diet is full of proteins and fats, you can live just fine, and the higher levels of ketone in your blood actually protect your own muscles from being metabolized (but not your fats, that's what they're there for). Recent studies into the 'keto diet' have shown it's not only 100% safe, it can have some great benefits for your body, starting with loss of excess fat.

  11. Gordon Marshall
    Gordon Marshall
    Muaj më parë

    Nobody takes the Di-Hydrogen Monoxide problem seriously, and it's much more prevalent than Lead.

  12. Gordon Marshall
    Gordon Marshall
    Muaj më parë

    Paint chip boy.

  13. hits*academic
    Muaj më parë

    Calories measure food from the perspective of "is it fuel?", but when digestion is over, EVEN THE FARTS ARE FUEL so these sweeteners are just normal sweet things which should not be considered abnormal. A small study found that sucralose elevated blood sugar levels by 14% and insulin levels by 20% in 17 people with severe obesity who didn’t regularly consume artificial sweeteners. No matter how "artificial" something is, unless you're inventing them, only your gut reaction can tell you what's going on. When we warn people about diet sodas, we're not exactly throwing our dads' diet sodas in the toilet and waiting for him to find out where they went (like with cigarettes).

  14. Dimitra Kambouris De Hoog
    Dimitra Kambouris De Hoog
    Muaj më parë

    I remember as a kid liking to look out the attic window with my mouth and tongue on the window sill. I vividly remember the metallic sweet taste'

  15. PastaTurtle The Goose
    PastaTurtle The Goose
    Muaj më parë


  16. Jacob Par
    Jacob Par
    Muaj më parë

    Spazy? really? that's not the best.

  17. Elias Salomão Helou Neto
    Elias Salomão Helou Neto
    Muaj më parë


  18. BlobbersPlaysYT
    Muaj më parë

    As im watching this i am eating a chocolate bar made with artificial sweeteners.

  19. Tyler Butterfield
    Tyler Butterfield
    Muaj më parë

    People watching without tongues 😪

  20. 89qwyg9yqa34t
    Muaj më parë

    If only lead was good for us... it would be so amazing at everything.

  21. Hero Syndicate
    Hero Syndicate
    Muaj më parë

    Cavemen had a very short life span while now people live to 100. Why do what the cave man does? sounds dumb

  22. DragonkittyQueen MGA
    DragonkittyQueen MGA
    Muaj më parë

    “Chlorine a toxic chemical” Idk man salt seems pretty safe and tastes rather good as well.

  23. FelixMJD
    Muaj më parë

    Another artificial sweetener: chloroform, once used in toothpaste

  24. gaming prince
    gaming prince
    2 muaj më parë

    16:54-21:16 salution: just bread led resistent humans

  25. Ryan Hannigan
    Ryan Hannigan
    2 muaj më parë

    The hulking party recurrently warn because karen expectedly slow plus a decisive crayfish. placid, hapless pamphlet

    1. gaming prince
      gaming prince
      2 muaj më parë


  26. Varge Graabein
    Varge Graabein
    2 muaj më parë

    What I learnt from this: cats cannot taste sweet.

  27. Destiny Richens
    Destiny Richens
    2 muaj më parë

    why is it that my cat loves surup? and candy?

  28. RtDK
    2 muaj më parë

    Love you, Sweet 'n Low. ^_^

  29. Jessica Quintanilla
    Jessica Quintanilla
    2 muaj më parë

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  30. Rebel Usa
    Rebel Usa
    2 muaj më parë

    Simple, eat less save more money, or become Lisa Simpson and become a vegetarian, eat nothing but vegetables save even more money.

  31. JiveDadson
    2 muaj më parë

    Lead white oil paint is not nearly as opaque titanium white. It is however extremely tough and flexible. In the US, lead white is still available in artist-grade oil paint, although it can be difficult to find good quality lead white for a reasonable price. For oil painting on canvas, a lead white ground is the very best.

  32. JiveDadson
    2 muaj më parë

    I miss corn that's not sweet like candy. It just disappeared a bunch of decades ago.

  33. Walter Wiebe
    Walter Wiebe
    3 muaj më parë

    High fructose corn syrup (as far as I know) is harmless in reasonable quantities to most people but if you're fructose intolerant, it's presence in basically everything is horrible. This effect isn't just on health and digestion, I have to pay about $8 for 4 355ml cokes (glass bottle cane sugar cokes, imported from mexico) because in canada and usa, everything is made with high fructose corn syrup. It's not like i can just drink juice as an altenative, that's the natural source of fructose. (btw if you're wondering, sucrose works fine for me. It's just when fructose isn't linked to glucose that my body cannot digest it. It has something to do with an enzyme my body does not produce) And as for fructose being cheaper, well cheaper when you buy it; don't forget that subsidy.

  34. Kevin Banecker
    Kevin Banecker
    3 muaj më parë

    Hank green you’re the newer cooler bill Nye the science guy

  35. Todd F Wright
    Todd F Wright
    3 muaj më parë

    I like how he got all sad about facts.

  36. GodFreeCharlie Franz
    GodFreeCharlie Franz
    3 muaj më parë

    You'll have to excuse me for the string of comments. I had no sugar, to any degree. I did have two cups of delicious Starbucks Italian Roast coffee, which I admit and is claimed to have sweet undertones. It most certainly does. I recommend it to anyone who knows their coffee. Drink it black, on the strong side, after cooling slightly. Yeeehaw! It does ruin my day because after the first cup all I want to do is drink more. Ever since I started grinding my own beans and progressing to a burr Krupps burr grinder I can't tear myself away from the counter where I make my single drip cup. Stopping to write this is a real challenge and I'm going immediately back to the coffee counter for another round. Making a cup from just ground beans is truly a spiritual event. Breathing the developing vapors is half the enjoyment, even rivals the intense delectation I got from the inhalation of leaded gasoline exhaust when I was young. And that's a redolence that's hard to beat. So, let it be known that sugar, natural or otherwise didn't cause my lengthy ramblings here, nor did the coffee. It's been shown by analysis that the dark roasted Arabica beans are lower, yes, lower in caffeine than the unpalatable Robusto grinds. There's a reason why one doesn't find Robusto whole beans. It won't make any difference in the taste whether fresh ground or 7 years old, Folgers, Maxwell House, Walmart... they are all high caffeine jump juice meant for one thing and one thing only. Taste isn't the reason. But you knew that, didn't you?.......... Pause..... Coffee Prep..... Ohhh poops.... Sirens nearby, gonna check out the scene... Okay, now where were we?

  37. GodFreeCharlie Franz
    GodFreeCharlie Franz
    3 muaj më parë

    I hate it when ALfirst tosses a recommendation to me that I have never seen but is 4 years old. This makes all the comments old also. Adding to someone's 3 and a half year old statement is ... is like yelling to someone across the Grand Canyon. Like this here comment. It's probably not ever gonna get seen. 😢

  38. GodFreeCharlie Franz
    GodFreeCharlie Franz
    3 muaj më parë

    Not only can we not get enough sweet, sugar, we can't get enough of kitties. Kitties are way better for my health but this is anecdotal and not studied enough. I'm gonna try to make a 4lb bag of sugar last as long as my kitty, say 15 years.

  39. Person
    3 muaj më parë

    Yummy lead acetate

  40. sealyoness
    4 muaj më parë

    Farmer typically do not reap benefits from Hi Fructose Corn Syrup. It is a concentrated sugar that is addictive.

  41. Frederick Kintanar
    Frederick Kintanar
    5 muaj më parë

    I expected this series to have some discussion of fructose metabolism, and claims by some researchers like Robert Lustig that this is linked to metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

  42. Warp Gate
    Warp Gate
    5 muaj më parë

    Ok so if some ancient romans ever show up from the past through a time machine, just remember the go to insult for them is going to be lead-drinker

  43. hyou zan ren
    hyou zan ren
    5 muaj më parë

    So sugar is cheap because goverment subsidies it!? 😐😐😐

  44. Toby Langdale
    Toby Langdale
    5 muaj më parë

    Like it or not, refined sugar is a drug which is actually not much different than cocaine, morphine, nicotine or caffeine. The only real difference is that our authoritarian overlords allow it. Don't believe me? Then have the DEA and FDA emergency schedule 1 sugar along with any and all of its chemical analogs, and also go full bore with all of the disinformation campaigns ,social stigma and so on. Then observe the results.

  45. Gary Towne
    Gary Towne
    5 muaj më parë

    GAUD your machine gun delivery is aggravating.

  46. hi
    6 muaj më parë

    I love the taste of lead 😋 in the mornin

  47. AnnMaeva Charleston
    AnnMaeva Charleston
    6 muaj më parë

    i dont like this

  48. Dom¡n!c
    6 muaj më parë

    2:14 stumake-ake

  49. Burntsider
    6 muaj më parë

    I can't watch this jumpy, compressed video. Is this the norm now?

  50. blue diamond crystal gems
    blue diamond crystal gems
    6 muaj më parë


  51. Nick
    6 muaj më parë

    So all of our food here in the U.S.A. has been cleared by the FDA and is therefore not toxic (or not too toxic, anyway)... unless Congress has stepped in on behalf of their bank accounts and overruled the FDA's decision, thus making some things that we eat here in the U.S., too toxic after all. Who votes these assholes into power, anyway? Oh yeah... we do.

  52. The Practical Gymnast
    The Practical Gymnast
    6 muaj më parë

    The CEO of sugar speaks

  53. Ogre Under Bridge
    Ogre Under Bridge
    6 muaj më parë

    Thank you for finally lighting the reality. I was back in the days repeatedly cursed out as a conspiracy theorist for claiming that "diet soda" drinking fat people get fatter by drinking "diet soda". ...+ touting along jelly beans, choco bars and various other snacks in their pockets :D

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  55. roadchewer PE
    roadchewer PE
    7 muaj më parë

    I think TAB was just recently discontinued... I didn’t know it was still a thing

  56. Cookey Monster
    Cookey Monster
    7 muaj më parë

    As a parent and a scientist I can assure you that sugar DOES affect behavior. Sweet treats are craved and can lead to emotional outbursts if those cravings are denied. So you blanket statement is very misleading and wholy unscientific.

  57. Benjamin Pettee
    Benjamin Pettee
    7 muaj më parë

    Tetra-ethyl lead is still used in AVGAS

  58. Keith_24
    7 muaj më parë

    ive been pronouncing unleaded wrong all my life. i thought it was uhn-lee-duhd but its uhn-leh-duhd

    1. Cookey Monster
      Cookey Monster
      7 muaj më parë

      Well yeah. The word means lead free.

  59. Lyndsay Brown
    Lyndsay Brown
    7 muaj më parë

    Man, now I want to rewatch SciShow for the evolution of Hank's host voice

  60. Harry Jude
    Harry Jude
    7 muaj më parë

    I always thought aspartame was pronounced 'as-PART-o'-me' (until I learned the lyrics to Weird Al's "Close, but No Cigar"---'Julianne was her name; She was sweeter than aspartame; Her kisses reconfigured my DNA, and after that I was never the same ...')

    1. Cookey Monster
      Cookey Monster
      7 muaj më parë

      That the American pronounciation. In the UK it's as-part-am

  61. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose
    7 muaj më parë

    A very important point was left out of this video and I am VERY disappointed in it's creators. In fact, the argument could be made that this video actively promotes unhealthy behavior. Is the ALfirst algorithm censoring channels that tell people to stop watching ALfirst? You can't spend time outside burning calories if you're binge watching ALfirst videos, now can you? It should simply be accepted that everyone is going to consume AT LEAST 2000 calories per day, as lunch at a fast food restaurant will easily exceed that. Since the foods commonly available to every class of people in the U.S. are full of high fructose corn syrup, potato/corn starch, and partially hydrogenated oils, those types of foods should be seen as the constant factor. A normality, not an alternative. "Eating healthy" is an absolutely relative concept, and "eating healthy" is all about finding a balance between what/how much you consume, and how many calories your body burns per day. In order to maintain your current weight, the number of calories consumed and the number of calories expended must match. In order to lose weight, the number of calories consumed must be less than the number of calories expended. No fancy new fad in dieting will change that simple fact. The obesity epidemic, due to overeating and under-exercising is a self correcting problem. Those who aren't active in their youth, and consequently obese, are much less likely to reproduce and pass their bad dietary habits to their offspring. Moreso, they are more likely to have health problems that make reproducing "medically inadvisable". Those who aren't active later in life, and consequently obese, are much more likely to have a shorter life, suffer from depression (and sometimes take their own life), diabetes, sleep apnea and a host of digestive tract infirmities. This is a very serious problem in the industrialized world, which leaves us all with an ultimatum... Pick one... Get active? or Die early?

  62. Thr Pins
    Thr Pins
    8 muaj më parë

    Hank eats 1 spoon of sugar "now im worried im gonna get a stomach ache" Me eating a whole half gallon of ice cream while watching this...😶

  63. grndragon7777777
    8 muaj më parë

    You know what else is sweet? Antifreeze

  64. jon ciobanu
    jon ciobanu
    8 muaj më parë

    "So now people are eating fatty things again and I mean thank God" 4:47

  65. Peggy Miller
    Peggy Miller
    8 muaj më parë

    So why does one of my cats like drinking pepsi

  66. Tony Midyett
    Tony Midyett
    9 muaj më parë

    I will never understand how people can tolerate the taste of artificial sweeteners.

  67. Kirk Kirk
    Kirk Kirk
    9 muaj më parë

    Hank looked slimmer back then

  68. Obi Wan Cannabi
    Obi Wan Cannabi
    9 muaj më parë

    i wonder how long they labelled wine as unleaded

  69. Skyra Hope
    Skyra Hope
    9 muaj më parë

    I love wonderus white powder!🤩🤩🤩

  70. I love America
    I love America
    10 muaj më parë

    Lead pigments were also used during the Edwardian period. Killed people then, too. Saw it somewhere in this video

  71. Jons LG
    Jons LG
    10 muaj më parë

    "Test it!"

  72. AlexCanPlayGames
    10 muaj më parë

    Taste the SUN.

  73. Uncle Joe
    Uncle Joe
    10 muaj më parë

    I think Hank must still have the "per minute" call plan that he had in 2012! Related fact, in WW2 U-Boats transmitted sped up radio messages to avoid interception. But, sadly for many U-Boat crews, the allies were listening for these bursts in lots of different places, so they could triangulate the position of the U-Boats, even if they couldn't understand the blur of morse code! (That was Bletchly's job.)

  74. Scentimental Journey
    Scentimental Journey
    10 muaj më parë

    Come on Hank. You really shouldn’t be using the term “Spazzy” which is used as an insulting term for those afflicted with spastic paralysis. I’m not in any way suggesting you intended it as an insult, only that there are some who dislike the normalisation of such derogatory terms.

  75. allan lanktree
    allan lanktree
    11 muaj më parë

    "chlorine, a toxic chemical" you mean like chlorine as in table salt? Maybe we should ban dihydrogen monoxide. More people die from dihyrogen monoxide overdoses than from chlorine. In many tests of sweeteners, the rats were fed enough sweetener to equal their body weight. This is to speed up the results. However, it also skews the results to the absurd.

  76. Will Ridgway
    Will Ridgway
    11 muaj më parë

    Locktite thread locker is also hecka sweet

  77. Brooke Flinn
    Brooke Flinn
    11 muaj më parë

    Is it me or is HFCS Hank a bit drunk?

  78. Tommy Walker
    Tommy Walker
    11 muaj më parë

    All of those replacement sweeteners just take like chemicals to me, not even remotely sweet.

  79. Byron Watkins
    Byron Watkins
    11 muaj më parë

    Sugar is NOT fat. Nor does our digestion transform sugar into fat. We simply burn readily available sugar energy before we burn fat and store the easily stored fat that we don't burn.

  80. Lisa T
    Lisa T
    11 muaj më parë

    the problem with high fructose corn syrup is that it's largely made from Monsanto's GMO corn which is much worse for you than fats or other sugars, and means you are taking in much more than sweetness, please do a video on DMO foods and their effects on our bodies!

    1. Walter Wiebe
      Walter Wiebe
      3 muaj më parë

      While HFCS does have clear health effects on people such as myself who are fructose intolerant, and therefor I obviously hate it's widespread use, natural fructose that occurs in fruit has the exact same effect. Clearly the result has nothing to do with genetic modification and the only logical reason for vilifying all genetically modified organisms is based on a religious belief that the science behind it is forbidden.

  81. cmkmusicislife15
    Vit më parë

    Cries in keto

  82. AetherLemmie
    Vit më parë

    I wouldn't eat something out of a beaker unless I knew I was not in a lab...

  83. Karlandra
    Vit më parë

    This was very interesting, as was the evolution of your presentation style, thank you.

  84. Keaton P gaming!
    Keaton P gaming!
    Vit më parë

    Sugar is an edible rock

  85. Ananda Mide
    Ananda Mide
    Vit më parë

    I hate almost all artificial sweeteners Except for Monk fruit sweeteners. I can not tell the difference between sugar and monk fruit in taste and all off the artificial sweeteners you reviewed are very dated.

  86. Oliver Lundström
    Oliver Lundström
    Vit më parë

    So that's why I'm always hungry

  87. Jessica Brauman
    Jessica Brauman
    Vit më parë

    Wait... if cats can't taste sweet, why does my cat go gaga over sweet food? Biscuits, cakes, jams, fruit, pancakes, ice-cream, etc, she will try to steal it. She couldn't care less about bread or vegetables or cheese or anything else like that.

  88. stmounts
    Vit më parë

    Your body needs ZERO carbohydrates. Full stop. End of the story. If you stop eating carbs, your body will switch to the fats, This is called the KETO diet. If you are a diabetic type 2, you will gain a huge health benefit by switching to a low carb diet.

  89. Adelaide May
    Adelaide May
    Vit më parë

    Wonderful white powder 👀

  90. Whispering Jack
    Whispering Jack
    Vit më parë

    Hank: "I'm eating the sun." Bill Wurtz: "Hmm, sounds familiar."

  91. M12GProductions
    Vit më parë

    I'm not better all the time: you know, some people some people some people call me insane! Yes they call me in-SUGAR!!!

  92. Jumbo Macaroni
    Jumbo Macaroni
    Vit më parë

    Hank my man I know you bop your head to Dr Dre.

  93. Nojus Armonas
    Nojus Armonas
    Vit më parë

    It's called cukrus, I know, because my native language is lithuanian and it's old. There.

  94. Mauricio Eduardo Santana
    Mauricio Eduardo Santana
    Vit më parë

    They keep on mentioning that diabetes comes about from eating too much sugar, that’s not true.

  95. Jordan Richards
    Jordan Richards
    Vit më parë

    So I just saw you out if the corner of my eye at 12:10 and had to double take. The texture looked like shading, and it was tan. For half a second I though you had transformed into Arnold Schwarzenegger 😁

  96. Grant Shramek
    Grant Shramek
    Vit më parë

    I would really like to see your take on insulin resistance. The good the bad and the ugly. After all, it causes directly or indirectly a whole lot of disease. When someone dies of heart disease, kidney disease or many other things, what goes on the death certificate is that particular disease - however, insulin resistance is what caused the disease many times actually killed them. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

  97. Laura D
    Laura D
    Vit më parë

    I used to chew on my lead pencils when I was little. Explains a lot

    1. drbob693 Retired
      drbob693 Retired
      Vit më parë

      The "lead" in pencils does not contain Pb. It is graphite mixed with clay. It only looks like oxidized lead. I get the attempted joke, but as I remember being in elementary school in the 1950's pencil lead did not taste sweet. The wood tasted better, and I'll bet that is what you were chewing.

  98. Transgender GORL
    Transgender GORL
    Vit më parë

    I’m outa of the majority I HATE soda.

  99. Bharat Rao Ashra
    Bharat Rao Ashra
    Vit më parë

    Sir, you have not discussed Rock Sugar, Jaggery, Coconut as well as date sugar. Please compare these in the next video if possible

  100. Jen Foxworth
    Jen Foxworth
    Vit më parë

    Strangely enough, I'm really sensitive to artificial sweetners. Because they're in so many things, I read ALL labels before I buy something, because not only can I taste the difference, (usually) but they give me high fever, throwing up, and eventually, I pass out. It's severe enough so I've done my research and I can tell if something has 'sugar' in it, or something else. IF it's something else, I have to look it up and see EXACTLY what it is, or risk someone maybe taking me to the hospital if they don't know why I'm laying on the floor unconcious. That being said, I can have regular sugar, most cane sugars, and high fructose corn syrup. And things that are very natural, like honey. Anything else is a risk. What does confuse me though, is the fact that even though each of the artificial sweetners are a tad different, is they ALL have the same affect on me, not sure why that is? I do wonder sometimes if it has something to do with having Chrones disease, or if it's just something else all together.