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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Artificial Sweeteners (Overview)

Artificial sweeteners are a sugar substitute that is suitable for diabetics. Some sweeteners contain aspartame, which some people are allergic too.


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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
128 doctors shared insights

Artificial Sweeteners (Overview)

Artificial sweeteners are a sugar substitute that is suitable for diabetics. Some sweeteners contain aspartame, which some people are allergic too.


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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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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
Daily
Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are artificial sweeteners dangerous to take?

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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Could artificial sweetener cause sweet urine?

Could artificial sweetener cause sweet urine?

Sweet urine: I have no idea - never tasted it. There must be some reason you are asking this question. Let me know if you can. ...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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Are artificial sweeteners good for health?

Are artificial sweeteners good for health?

VERY TOXIC! AVOID!!!: Aspartame & other artificial sweeteners like sucralose are toxic, should not have been approved & are very hazardous. They have many side effects & cause obesity! See http://www.sweetpoison.com/ & http://tinyurl.com/jude3kz & http://www.eruptingmind.com/the-dangers-of-artificial-sweeteners I NEVER eat these dangerous chemicals! Try natural low-caloric sweeteners like stevia, xylitol & erythritol. ...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

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