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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

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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Can you please tell me about health effects of side effects of using xylitol as sugar substitute?

Can you please tell me about health effects of side effects of using xylitol as sugar substitute?

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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Is stevia a recommended sugar substitute?

Is stevia a recommended sugar substitute?

Yes: Is a sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. It may be used as a recommended sugar substitute ...Read more

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What sugar substitute does gum usually use?

What sugar substitute does gum usually use?

Xylitol for anti-cav: Saccharin, sorbitol, xylitol, and a few others. The best one is xylitol because it has anti-cavity properties. It inhibits the growth of cavity causing bacteria and also makes the saliva less acidic, chewing gum also increases salivary flow. Saliva cleanses the teeth and buffers plaque acids. So only chew gum that contains xylitol. ...Read more

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Is fructose considered as sugar substitute?

Is fructose considered as sugar substitute?

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

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I am wondering if I can use Truvia a sugar substitute?

I am wondering if I can use Truvia a sugar substitute?

You can, however...: Most sugar substitutes like NutraSweet and Splenda are toxic and should be avoided. Truvia is relatively safe, though its marketing claim of being "all natural" is dubious. See https://authoritynutrition. Com/truvia-good-or-bad/
Its main ingredient is erythritol from GMO corn. I prefer to use pure erythritol in bulk from non-GMO sources (cheaper too). See
https://authoritynutrition. Com/erythritol/ ...Read more

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Which artificial sweetener or sugar substitute is not connected to cancer?

Which artificial sweetener or sugar substitute is not connected to cancer?

None of them are!: Study the evidence. The trials in the 1970s triggering cancer in rats with cyclamate + saccharin used gigantic doses & have no clear relevance to either usual dosages or humans. Study: http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/artificial-sweeteners. However, there is evidence that real sugar is linked to a higher incidence of cancer, both directly and through promoting obesity. ...Read more

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Is agave nectar a safe sugar substitute?

Is agave nectar a safe sugar substitute?

Yes: Just remember if you are diabetic, this may raise your blood glucose since it is a fruit. ...Read more

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What is the best and safest sugar substitute?

What is the best and safest sugar substitute?

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

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What is the definition or description of: sugar substitute?

What is the definition or description of: sugar substitute?

Artificial sweetner: 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 stevia is "natural", . ...Read more

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Is splenda a good sugar substitute for diabetics to consume?

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

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Splenda-sugar substitute: is it dangerous for our health in the long run?

Splenda-sugar substitute: is it dangerous for our health in the long run?

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

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Can stevia cause cavities? (sweet leaf the only sugar substitute from a plant not made of chemicals)

Can stevia cause cavities? (sweet leaf the only sugar substitute from a plant not made of chemicals)

No: Although stevia is actually sweeter than sugar, there is no evidence that it causes cavities. Enjoy a a stevia sweet treat without dental cavities being a worry! ...Read more

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Can you still get cavities from calorie-free sugar substitute?

Can you still get cavities from calorie-free sugar substitute?

Yes and No: No because there is no sugar to feed the bacteria however if the drink is carbonated that is carbonic acid which etches the enamel weakening it. If you eat something with the drink then the bacteria can utilize that food to create the acid that starts the cavity. ...Read more

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Studies say artificial sweetner can lead to weight gain and/or increase blood sugar level (Src:'sugar substitute' in wiki).Does Stevia has same effect?

Studies say artificial sweetner can lead to weight gain and/or increase blood sugar level (Src:'sugar substitute' in wiki).Does Stevia has same effect?

Absolutely, however: Mechanism of weight gain/↑ed blood sugar clearly not the artificial sweeteners per-se. Far more likely the issue is supporting/promoting behaviors of seeking sweet tastes & eating more carbs while thinking this would be OK, compensated for by the artificial sweetener. Tiny imbalances, over time, will produce significant changes in body fat. ...Read more

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When a drink says Sugar Free and has Aspartame (spelling) does it have 0 Sugar? Does aspertame have the same negative side effects as Sugar?

When a drink says Sugar Free and has Aspartame (spelling) does it have 0 Sugar? Does aspertame have the same negative side effects as Sugar?

Artificial sweetner: Aspartane is a commonly used sugar substitute. It has Zero sugar in it. But it does have some metabolic effects like the sugars. So avoid or minimize its use.... it may not be totally safe as it is claimed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a non-diabetic's blood sugar to constantly be between 55-75mg/dL? I feel no hypo side effects.

Is it normal for a non-diabetic's blood sugar to constantly be between 55-75mg/dL? I feel no hypo side effects.

See MD: See MD get tested for insulinoma, glucose levels, insulin levels, C-Peptide levels, endocrine workup, endoscopic ultrasound versus MRI if indicated. Take any medicines? Why checking blood sugar? Anorexia? Low BMI? Recent weight loss? Good luck. ...Read more

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What alternative medication is there to Glucuphage for the control of blood sugar. And what are the side effects?

What alternative medication is there to Glucuphage for the control of blood sugar. And what are the side effects?

Good question!: Unfortunately, your excellent question is beyond the scope of a 400 character answer as there are at least 30 medicines and they act by different mechanisms and have different potential for side effects. Whole books have been written on this subject. ...Read more

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What are some natural sugers vs processed sugars and side effects?

What are some natural sugers vs processed sugars and side effects?

Bottom line: There's still subscience & questions. Some sugar peddled as "better" is simply refined differently for the gullible. The real effects are in the psychology -- which are you most likely to overeat? Very few people get obese eating grapes or apples; cake and candy are fattening not because the sugar is processed (if that's the term) but because there's much more and folks will gorge on it. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are known side effects of using alternatives to sugar?

Could you tell me what are known side effects of using alternatives to sugar?

Probably Limited: Terminology is confusing and research is largely inconclusive. Despite concerns in the 1970s regarding artificial sweetener and bladder cancer, there is no scientific evidence that artificial sweeteners are associated with cancer or other serious health problems. Sugar alcohol sweeteners can cause flatulence. There are concerns - inconsistent - regarding metabolic endocrine changes. ...Read more

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Trying to cut down sugar/sweets in my diet. Are there any alternative sweeteners that are safe and don't cause unpleasant side effects?

Erythritol, stevia: I agree with Dr. Jayaraj that stevia is a healthy alternative sweetener but not everyone likes its flavor. Erythritol may be the safest natural sweetener available and tastes more like sugar. See http://authoritynutrition. Com/erythritol/
Xylitol is another good choice, though large amounts may cause loose stools. ...Read more

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What side effects are commonly associated with a blood sugar deficiency?

What side effects are commonly associated with a blood sugar deficiency?

Feeling weak, sweaty: Feeling weak, shaky, sweating, lightheaded, as in a diabetic who has taken too much insulin. ...Read more

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Are there bad side effects of ventolin? Ie blood sugar increase

Are there bad side effects of ventolin? Ie blood sugar increase

Ventolin/blood sugar: Typically albuterol should not have any bearings in the blood sugar. It has been noted with large doses of IV albuterol can aggravate preexisting DM and acidosis. More commonly steroids wether systemic or inhaled has a more consistent effect on blood sugar. Need to have testing for possible underlying diabetes. ...Read more

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Does the sugar free tablet that the diabetic patient use in tea have any side effects?

Does the sugar free tablet that the diabetic patient use in tea have any side effects?

Artificial sweetener: There's no problem with artificial sweeteners used in moderation. Especially if you're diabetic and using it in lieu of real sugar. ...Read more

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I'm diabetic tipe 2, planning to do CABG, what the highest value for a random blood sugar that does not cause side effects when in operation CABG?

I'm diabetic tipe 2, planning to do CABG, what the highest value for a random blood sugar that does not cause side effects when in operation CABG?

Blood sugar and CABG: Do not worry - the team will carefully evaluate and optimize your blood sugar before, during, and after CABG. This is a common issue and the team knows how to care for it very well. ...Read more

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How many times a week can I have the alcohol free Red Bull energy drink, without facing any real side effects or increased blood sugar?

How many times a week can I have the alcohol free Red Bull energy drink, without facing any real side effects or increased blood sugar?

Caffeine & sugar: An 8 oz. Can of Red Bull energy drink has 27 grams of sugar and 80 mg of caffeine and traces of B vitamins. Diabetics should avoid. This liquid sugar load causes a spike and then crash in blood sugar. It's not healthy any day of the week. ...Read more

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I had cervical ep. For radiating severe neck pain. Sugar "hi" high, huge weight gain (20 in a week). How long do these side effects last?

I had cervical ep. For radiating severe neck pain. Sugar "hi" high, huge weight gain (20 in a week). How long do these side effects last?

Sugar levels: Have to come down, and water retention with steroid has to be urinated out then you will see you weight drift back down to previous. Should tell your doctor about the your response to injection. ...Read more

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Artificial Sweeteners (Definition)

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