Unfortunately, artificial sweeteners are no better than concentrated natural sugar when it comes to health. The problem is that these sugar substitutes are manufactured entirely in a laboratory and your body may not even recognize them as food. When the immune system identifies a foreign invader, inflammation is the result. That’s the exact opposite of what you want to achieve!
Aspartame is a notorious offender when it comes to this issue. Some studies have indicated that aspartame can cause flare-ups of arthritis pain and even cause arthritis in people who didn’t have it already. If arthritis is the cause of your back pain, or if it runs in your family, be especially aware of the risks of artificial sweeteners.