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A 21-year-old male asked:

Can you elaborate on how and why artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame and stevia) can be harmful to health?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 34 years experience
My opinion: artificial sweeteners can make you shun healthy, filling, and highly nutritious foods while consuming more artificially flavored foods with less nutritional value.Artificial sweeteners may play another trick, too. Research suggests that they may prevent us from associating sweetness with caloric intake. As a result, we may crave more sweets, tend to choose sweet food over nutritious food
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Stevia is not an artificial sweetener.
Jul 10, 2015
Last updated Jul 10, 2015
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