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Artificial Sweetener Aspartame Poisoning
Six sweet options: If goal is to avoid sugar try 3 Calorie-free: 1) Stevia: natural, but FDA approved use of RebA, not whole leaf & crude extracts; 2) Aspartame: synthetic, & breaks down with heat, so don't cook with it; can trigger headache & GI upset; 3) Sucralose--non-absorbed sugar; can cause headaches & GI upset. Can also consider these 3 caloric naturally sweet products--1) Pure maple syrup; 2) Agave; 3) Honey ...Read more
Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more
Can you elaborate on how and why artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame and Stevia) can be harmful to health?
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 ...Read more
Are artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame or Stevia) harmful to health in long term or short term? Should they be avoided?
Yes: they are harmful in the long term ...Read more
Do artificial sweeteners like aspartame or Splenda make your insulin go up by making your body I think it's getting some sugary stuff?
No: No link at this point.Get a more detailed answer ›
Are sweeteners dangerous? I read that Aspartame, Sucralose, Acesulfame & Neotame can cause some cancers. My wife is pregnant & I'm worried! Thanks.
Stop worrying: Some of my teammates here will disagree, but I discount these fear claims. Just as every fruit and vegetable has somebody claiming it's a "superfood" that cures everything, so every artificial product has someone claiming it causes cancer, autism, mental illness and so forth. If these claims were true, the research piranhas at the NIH would have built reputations proving them. ...Read more
Sweetner: Current research does not identify any health risks associated with the consumption of the five approved artificial sweeteners for people with CKD. It is important to use artificial sweeteners in moderation, the American Dietetic Association's position is “that consumers can safely enjoy a range of nutritive and nonnutritive sweeteners when consumed in a diet that is guided by current federal regs ...Read more
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