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are artificial sweeteners such as equal, splendid, etc. a bad choice for people with diverticulitis and if so what is an acceptable substitute?

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Dr. Russell Juno
General Surgery 22 years experience
Eat more fiber.: There is no known direct link with sugar or its substitutes causing diverticulitis flare up. However sugar and sweeteners can cause diarrhea or other GI symptoms in certain patients. In general if you have diverticulosis a high fiber diet will help. And that would include avoiding food high in sugar. If you have chronic diverticulitis, it may time to visit a surgeon.

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Diet and pregnancy: Artificial sweeteners should probably not be used in excess during pregnancy. There are no definitive studies of risks or safety - however, the currently available artificial sweetening products are generally considered safe when used in moderation during pregnancy. You should observe a well balanced diet during your pregnancy - there are numerous sources of guidance for diet in pregnancy.
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Will an identical twin often get the same disease as the other?

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