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What are some of the toxic effects caused by consuming the artificial sweetener splenda?

What are some of the toxic effects caused by consuming the artificial sweetener splenda?

Lots of things: Head aches, insomnia, funny taste in mouth, weight gain! (not a typo, they can make you gain weight!), loss of libido, memory loss, mood swings and on and on. Some people tolerate splenda and other artificial sweeteners without any obvious short term problems. Nobody really knows what will happen after using them for 50 years or more. Choose your poisons carefully! ...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 there documented cases of death caused by artificial sweeteners? Or at least a strong connection to the artificial sweeteners?

Are there documented cases of death caused by artificial sweeteners? Or at least a strong connection to the artificial sweeteners?

Your preference: They're all about the same. Depends upon your preference as to taste. Some cannot be used in baking. There have been no deaths or even hints of deaths due to artificial sweeteners. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. You didn't actually believe people had died from artificial sweeteners did you? ...Read more

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Are there any side effects of artificial sweetners.?

Are there any side effects of artificial sweetners.?

I believe not: Other healthtap practitioners will want to share their own thinking. The enormous internet campaign against aspartame began with one pseudonymous individual offering preposterous, obviously malicious claims. Any time the public is told something is harmful, there will be anecdotes, support groups, and militants. If you must drink pop, i'd rather you avoid the sugar & obesity. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm incredibly sensitive to any artificial sweetener (maltodextrin, erythritol, etc). Which kinds are the LEAST laxative causing? Which are the worst?

I'm incredibly sensitive to any artificial sweetener (maltodextrin, erythritol, etc). Which kinds are the LEAST laxative causing? Which are the worst?

Non absorbable sugar: A sugar-like sweetener that is not absorbed can be an "osmotic laxative" because it pulls water with it into the bowels. For any noticeable effect, it needs to be consumed in large quantities (many teaspoons/day). This can happen with Xylitol. Aspartame, saccharin, Stevia, and sucralose do not have this effect. ...Read more

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Which are the benefits of using kefir in my diet?

Which are the benefits of using kefir in my diet?

Probiotic, vits,min: Kefir is a fermented dairy product, similar to but different from yogurt. Both will have probiotic (gut friendly)bacteria, are low lactose dairy (bacteria digest some of the lactose), good source of protein, calcium, magnesium , b6, b12, phosphorus; tasty and nutritious. Drink up! ...Read more

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What are the dangers of consuming objects in pica patients?

What are the dangers of consuming objects in pica patients?

Toxicity: You may harm yourself with nonfood items you are strongly motivated to ingest. Additionally, these nonfood items may be toxic to your body and do not help the underlying disorder. ...Read more

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Are artificial sweeteners safe for people with diabetes?

Are artificial sweeteners safe for people with diabetes?

Sweeteners: Yes, they arr safe! That said, when did you start to have diabetes? If it was in your 30's or more you can be treated to totally get rid of diabetes. Please see a dietitian! ...Read more

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Are the artificial colours in junk food linked to cancer?

Are the artificial colours in junk food linked to cancer?

Not any more: I don't like them either, but each dye gets a thorough going-over as a possible mutagen (the only thing likely to cause cancer apart from preposterously high doses) using the ames test. By 1988, all the apparent mutagens were gone; since then, i've only seen claims of dye mutagens in food (which any good scientist would grab up in a minute) in marginal journals. ...Read more

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Has anyone studied longterm effects of all the types of fertility drug on the children created? They are nearly 30, right?

Has anyone studied longterm effects of all the types of fertility drug on the children created? They are nearly 30, right?

Sort of: I think the first baby from in vitro is about 32 now. She has had a child of her own. Pregnancies created from fertility treatments are at slightly higher risk for things like pre-eclampsia and preterm delivery. Therefore the babies may have some problems related to prematurity. Other than that, most think they are healthy. ...Read more

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Can the ginseng that most popular energy drinks contain have any adverse health effects?

Can the ginseng that most popular energy drinks contain have any adverse health effects?

Nobody really knows: But there have been some very severe reactions to overconsumption of some energy drinks, and a handful of reports of severe reactions even with recommended dose use. However, these beverages contain lots of caffeine, which may be the major cause of problems, as well as ginseng, taurine and other vitamins, as well as sugar. Ginseng itself, in recommended doses, does not seem to have toxicity. ...Read more

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What are the health problems seen in infants when the mother drinks alcohol?

What are the health problems seen in infants when the mother drinks alcohol?

Multiple risks: I will assume you mean drinking alcohol during a pregnancy. Anything a mother ingests will be exposed to the unborn child. Alcohol use during pregnancy can contribute to many risks to the child. Hope this helps... http://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/alcohol-during-pregnancy.aspx ...Read more

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What are the side effects in using dextrose sugar substitute?

What are the side effects in using dextrose sugar substitute?

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

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In Southeast Asia, people often put rose water drops in their eyes. is it safe? Are there any benefits of using rose water in the eyes?

In Southeast Asia, people often put rose water drops in their eyes. is it safe? Are there any benefits of using rose water in the eyes?

It Depends: I would be concerned about applying rose water to the eyes. In particular I would be concerned about how it was prepared and if any of the preservatives would interact with your eyes. The eye's don't need any sort of supplement. Your natural tears are the best form of hydration for the eyes. If you are having red eyes due to irritation I would advise eye drop created specifically for that purpose ...Read more

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What are the health risks associated with ingesting fluoride over our lifetimes?

What are the health risks associated with ingesting fluoride over our lifetimes?

That depends: If you are talking about ingesting the optional/normal amount required to prevent tooth decay, than none. When used correctly Fluoride has no health risks. If you are talking 3x the normal amount or greater then there is risk of both dental and skeletal fluorosis. Despite lots of fear-mongering there are no other proven risks and those problems are easy to avoid with correct use. ...Read more

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What are the health effects of corn syrup?

What are the health effects of corn syrup?

See below: High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener in sodas and fruit-flavored drinks. As use of high-fructose corn syrup has increased, so have levels of obesity and related health problems.It is just like sugar. Some studies say it's even worse. There's really no help affect to corn syrup. ...Read more

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Artificial Sweeteners (Definition)

Artificial sweeteners are a sugar substitute that is suitable for diabetics. Some sweeteners contain aspartame, which some ...Read more