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A 45-year-old member asked:

what are the problems with aspartame, sorbitol and mannitol that people talk about?

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Dr. Stanley Siu
Cosmetic Dentistry 17 years experience
Loose stool, etc: All artificial sweeteners do not cause cavities but the liquid or food that you consume may contain other compounds that could be bad for your teeth, such as acid. Some research also indicates that if you consume large quantities of any artificial sweetener it may be hazardous to your health. Another side effect is if you consume large quantities of an artifcial sweetener, you can get diarrhea.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

If I am using sugar substitutes to control my diabetes, should I be concerned about aspartame poisoning?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
No: While people who ingest a lot of artificial sweeteners do often report fatigue and achiness, it's unlikely that you could take in enough to truly "poison" yourself with the stuff. That being said, it's always better to keep it natural and just limit the amount of natural sugar you ingest.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can aspartame cause brain cancer?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
No: There is no evidence to that effect.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Dr. Gold has given you good advice. Someone more cynical than myself would suspect the sugar lobby of producing these anonymous scare stories on the internet.
Oct 16, 2012
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there aspartame or sucralose in baby food?

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Dr. Robin Larabee
Pediatrics 26 years experience
No: Baby food is tightly regulated. There should be no preservatives, additives, or artificial sweetener. Always check the label on anything you feed your baby.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What're the dangers of drinking diet soda with aspartame or splenda?

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Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 54 years experience
None: There are no side effects if taken in moderation.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the debate regarding aspartame, sorbitol and mannitol?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
No: Some will accelerate the GI tract motility causing diarrhea, but most sugar-alcohols are great diabetic substitute sweetener. They are less sweet than sugar, and artificial sweeteners are much sweeter. They do stimulate insulin, but less than glucose. Aspartmae is an artifical sweetener.

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