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Doctor insights on: Artificial Sweetener

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Are artificial sweeteners safe?

Are artificial sweeteners safe?

Yes: There was some controversy about saccharin in relation to a laboratory study in which very high levels caused bladder tumors in rats. Most other sweeteners have an excellent safety profile.. A few have objections for various reasons to aspartame. But sucralose and others seem totally fine. ...Read more

Sugar Substitute (Definition)

Sugar subsitites are chemicals that taste like sugar but have no calories and do not change blood sugar when consumed, they include: saccharine, aspartame (equal) sucralose (splenda), and stevia only the ...Read more


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Are artificial sweeteners considered carbohydrates?

Are artificial sweeteners considered carbohydrates?

Doesn't matter: No, many of them are proteins, but in any case the total amount if so small that it doesn't make any difference in your total diet. ...Read more

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Are stevia or xylitol safe sweeteners?

Are stevia or xylitol safe sweeteners?

Maybe.: Both products are advertised as coming from natural sources, so it would seem that they should be safe. They just haven't been used long enough yet to prove their safety. ...Read more

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Artificial sweeteners safe in pregnancy?

Artificial sweeteners safe in pregnancy?

No: Aspartame as in diet drinks causes a form of deviation in brain metabolism known as excitotoxicity. It is a complex subject and i suggest that you go to wikipedia for explanations. ...Read more

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Is stevia, erythiol and sucralose bad for you? Artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweetener: The artificial sweeteners have been approved as safe by the FDA. there has been no evidence of harm ...Read more

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How dangerous are artificial sweeteners?

Dangerous enough: Do not use. Period! they are chemicals your body can do without. They are toxic to your nerves eben if not a diabetic. I forbid use of sweetners in my practice. ...Read more

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How bad are artificial sweeteners?

How bad are artificial sweeteners?

Define bad for you: Anything can have side effects, even too much clean water. Artificial sweeteners are just that....Artificial. They don't belong in your body. Stevia is a plant extract that can be used as an "artificial" sweetener that may have less issues. Some people seem to tolerate artificial sweeteners without any problems, others get massive side effects. Choose your poisons carefully! ...Read more

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Do artificial sweeteners promote tooth decay like sugar?

Do artificial sweeteners promote tooth decay like sugar?

No: Most artificial or "sugar free" sweeteners are not metabolized by the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Not all natural "sugars" are bad either. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that has been shown in some studies to lower decay risk. ...Read more

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Are artificial sweetners safe for diabetics ?

Are artificial sweetners safe for diabetics ?

Artificial Sweetener: Yes. They are. It is interesting that if you try to lose weight, they have not really panned out as the answer. If you would like to read more on this you can read "empty pleasures" by de la pena or you can read about each sweetener in my blog: www.Drjameslong.Com/blog. Look under "artificial sweeteners.". ...Read more

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What is natural & artificially flavored?

What is natural & artificially flavored?

Natural comes from: Fruit, vegetables, etc. That nature makes for us. Artificial is human made, typically chemicals. So, butter is natural and margarine is artificial. I'd rather trust a cow than a chemist. Natural is safer but just because something is natural doesn't mean it's always good for us. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why would people use artificial sweeteners?

Too lose weight: And it does not work! more and more studies are showing a correlation between using artificial sweetener and increased weight...They might be making you crave more sweets and food....Just a theory, no proof. ...Read more

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Is splenda a good artificial sweetener to use?

Is splenda a good artificial sweetener to use?

Seems safe so far: As with everything else, the more people using it, the more things we learn as far as potential side effects not known. ...Read more

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Are artificial sweeteners dangerous to take?

Use in moderation: Artificial sweeteners don't cause cavities to occur and are fairly low in calories. However, consuming large amounts of artificial sweeteners may have a laxative effect. But with rare exceptions, they appear to pose little or no risk when used in moderation. Although artificial sweeteners are considered generally safe, some experts remain wary still because not enough long term data and history. ...Read more

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Are sugar alcohol sweeteners like erythritol and xylitol good?

Are sugar alcohol sweeteners like erythritol and xylitol good?

Sugar alcohols: The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested. So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar. ...Read more

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Is stevia, splenda, or nectresse (erythritol, sugar, monk fruit extract, molasses) or aspartame safe during pregnancy?

Is stevia, splenda, or nectresse (erythritol, sugar, monk fruit extract, molasses) or aspartame safe during pregnancy?

Generally yes: There is no specific problem w/aspartame in pregnancy according to the nih. It does not cross the placenta, and is not a risk to you unless you have phenylketonuria - a rare genetic disorder. However, it is always prudent to limit all meds, supplements and the like during pregnancy except as instructed by your ob>. ...Read more

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Studies say artificial sweetener cause people to crave more sweet & food carbs & result in wgt gain,higher sugar.True 4 natural sweetener stevia also?

Studies say artificial sweetener cause people to crave more sweet & food carbs & result in wgt gain,higher sugar.True 4 natural sweetener stevia also?

Not so with Stevia: No. A study I found (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666310000826) showed that with Stevia, there was no craving. Also, there was no increase in insulin levels, unlike with aspartame, which is important regarding the issue of insulin resistance. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What is safest artificial sweetener?

Artificial sweetner: No real good answer. Saccharin associated with increase cancer risk in animals, aspartame with cognitive impairment. Stevia is a natural 0 calorie sweetner. ...Read more