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Does Sugar Substitute Causes Constipation
Can stevia cause cavities ? (sweet leaf the only sugar substitute from a plant not made of chemicals)
Not enough research: Just yesterday, american heart association & american diabetes association published a joint scientific statement on use of non-nutritive sweeteners, including stevia, aspartame, sucralose, etc. Bottomline, not enough human studies to determine good from bad. Check it out at http://circ.Ahajournals.Org/content/early/2012/07/09/cir.0b013e31825c42ee.Full.Pdf. ...Read more
Unfortunately yes: B"sd no it is a sugar, just like sucrose or table sugar. In fact some evidence suggest that it might lead to fatty liver and metabolic abnormalities - especially in the usual dietary form as high fructose corn syrup - which is used in many products as a cheap substitute for regular sugar - which in excess is not good for you either ...Read more
No better/no worse: They're all about the same. Use whatever you think tastes better. Some can't be used in baking. ...Read more
Depends: There are three main sugar substitutes-equal, slenda & nutrisweet. They have been tested extensively and are believed to be safe, although some people can have some sensitivities to one or another. Then there is stevia, which is plant based. Btw-just because something is natural doesn't necessarily make it safe. The saying-everything in moderation, is the best way to go. Best wishes. ...Read more
Splenda: That's a good question. Several animal studies have shown that splenda (sucralose) can have multiple adverse effects on the body. It is difficult to translate that information to humans, and you probably consume far less than was given to the animals, but i think it is safe to say that the best advice is to use it in moderation. ...Read more
Not so much: The first big randomized controlled study to determine the benefits of xylitol in reducing caries in a susceptible population found no statistically significant benefit. I think that the important lesson here is that while xylitol is not a magic bullet, there is much wisdom in limiting the amount of sugar consumed and xylitol may help. ...Read more
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