Walk into any coffee shop or diner and you’ll spot packets of Sweet ‘n’ Low, Equal, or Splenda sweet right away. And, if you’re someone who uses these sweeteners, you’re not alone. In 2020 alone, 141 million Americans used sugar substitutes. They’re attractively marketed with little to no calories, claims of no weight gain and are supposedly safe for diabetics. But with all the hype comes a history of negative PR and health concerns, including possible cancer links. And yet talk of bans by the US Government have proven ineffective, even inciting chaos. So how did these small packets become so mighty?