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Doctor insights on: Artificial Sweeteners And Stomach Problems

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Why do artificial sweeteners make my stomach upset?

Why do artificial sweeteners make my stomach upset?

Gas: Non-absorbable sweeteners can upset your stomach either by causing gas (from metabolism by gut bacteria), or by loosening your stools (osmotic diarrhea).

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Can you gain weight from the artificial sweeteners?

Can you gain weight from the artificial sweeteners?

No clear answer: Theoretically no. Most artificial sweeteners are labeled non-caloric, because there is no calorie absorption and induced weight gain, but more and more studies that look at the long term effects of artificial sweeteners have shown correlations between weight gain and the use of sugar substitutes. Without long term and more comprehensive studies to support that correlation the answer is not clear.

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Why do people think artificial sweeteners are so bad for you?

Why do people think artificial sweeteners are so bad for you?

Because they are: The evidence shows that artificai sweetners are not good for your health.

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How bad is it to use artificial sweeteners?

How bad is it to use artificial sweeteners?

Define bad!: 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!

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Why would people use artificial sweeteners?

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.

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Do you know if natural sugars are any healthier than artificial sweeteners?

Do you know if natural sugars are any healthier than artificial sweeteners?

Yes they are: Hi. Sugar is healthy as long as it's not overdone. Sugar has calories and can be converted to fat for storage. Artificial sweeteners have no calories, but provide nothing healthy to the body. I don't keep any artificial sweeteners in my house, but I also use little real sugar. Live healthy!

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Are artificial sweeteners a risk to your health? Are they linked to cancer?

Are artificial sweeteners a risk to your health? Are they linked to cancer?

No significant risk: Artificial sweeteners do not pose a significant risk to your health, and do not lead to any demonstrated increase in risk of harm to your baby. Still, during early pregnancy, many women choose to avoid artificial sweeteners as part of a plan to avoid all chemicals, medications, over the counter remedies, herbals, and additives in their diet.

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Why do artificial sweeteners cause weight gain, even though they contain no calories?

Why do artificial sweeteners cause weight gain, even though they contain no calories?

Good question: Obesity is more complex than just an excess of calories. It is changes in the brain that we now know to be a major cause of obesity. Sweeteners are chemicals that can do harm in this way.

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Are artificial sweeteners bad for diabetics and/or do they even adversely affect blood sugar?

Chemical sweeneners: Can be toxic to the brain. You are better off using a natural root product called "Stevia." It is very sweet so you need very little and the manufacturers say it does not raise blood sugar. Check w/doc first. Peace and good health.

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My mom have diabetes&Hba1 8.9.she like ice cream but she can't eat even artificial sweeteners. What could I do?

My mom have diabetes&Hba1 8.9.she like ice cream but she can't eat even artificial sweeteners. What could I do?

Diabetes: Your mother MUST be seen by a Diabetes Educator! There are many ways to have mom get rid of diabetes! Yes that should be the goal! Please let me know how things go for your mother.

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Are artificial sweeteners linked to muscle and joint pain?

Are artificial sweeteners linked to muscle and joint pain?

Not that I know of.: All artificial sweeteners had to go through clinical testing for approval, testing never required for sugars. However this testing was months, not decades. The larger problem with artificial sweeteners; even though no sugar, the sweet taste itself (brain controls body) seems to inhibit body fat loss & promote wt gain, probably via Insulin release. Look up dietdoctor test of pepsimax on ketones.

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What is bad about artificial sweeteners?

Aspartame: Some artificial sweetners contain aspartame. Asparatame has 92 different possible adverse reactions associated with it's use to include conditions like migraine headaches and seizures.

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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.

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Are all artificial sweeteners pretty much the same?

Are all artificial sweeteners pretty much the same?

Mostly: Artificial sweeteners are chemicals designed to fit into the sweetness receptor of the tongue and mimic the taste of actual sugar. There are many variants, some naturally derived and some synthetic. The levels of chemical are quite low and while much has been made of the side effects, there is actually little to choose between them.

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Is it true that artificial sweeteners are bad for you?

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!

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Can you tell me are artificial sweeteners good or bad for you?

Debate: Hi. No human has EVER been described to suffer from artificial sweetener deficiency. You get my point. There is debate over whether or not they are bad for you, but NO ONE would ever say they are GOOD for you! Live healthy!

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