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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

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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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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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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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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Is splenda a good sugar substitute for diabetics to consume?

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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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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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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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 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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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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Aspartame, Splenda or sugar? Are artificial sweeteners as bad for you as sugar or are they worse?

Aspartame, Splenda or sugar? Are artificial sweeteners as bad for you as sugar or are they worse?

Artificial sweetener: If you do not have diabetes you need not worry about sugar, provided you don't take too much, or don't exercise enough.
That said, Splenda would not hurt you. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that artificial sweeteners will ruin a low sugar diet?

Is it actually true that artificial sweeteners will ruin a low sugar diet?

Yes: The addictive mechanism is a sweet signal that goes from the tongue to the brain, giving a jolt of pleasure. Also, sweeteners cause a brain mechanism called excitotoxicity that is unfavorable to good brain function. A low sugar diet should be replaced by a no sugar diet. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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Are artificial sweeteners addictive the way natural sugar is for the human body?

Information: Sugar is not truly addictive. Our bodies need sugar to survive. I am not aware of any addictive symdromes related to artificial sweeteners. ...Read more

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Is it possible for artificial sweeteners to increase blood sugar level?

Is it possible for artificial sweeteners to increase blood sugar level?

No: Today the most common artificial sweeteners include saccharin, aspartame, sucralose and ace-k and they are 100% synthetically produced.
The reason why these artificial sweeteners do not raise blood sugar levels is because they do not contain carbohydrates and depending on the type of the synthetic sweetener they are not absorbed and leave your system unaltered. ...Read more

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Are artificial sweeteners are good for health? I am afraid of diabetics so regularly I am using them. Wipro and sugar free gold are good brands?

Are artificial sweeteners are good for health? I am afraid of diabetics so regularly I am using them. Wipro and sugar free gold are good brands?

Stevia: It's best to stay away from chemical sweeteners. Give stevia a try. It's a root made into a powder and is very sweet so you only need a little. Once you stop using chemical sweeteners (which are toxic to the brain) your body will work to eliminate them. Hydration and exercise will help. ...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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Are artificial sweeteners such as Equal, Splendid, etc. A bad choice for people with diverticulitis and if so what is an acceptable substitute?

Are artificial sweeteners such as Equal, Splendid, etc. A bad choice for people with diverticulitis and if so what is an acceptable substitute?

Eat more fiber.: There is no known direct link with sugar or its substitutes causing diverticulitis flare up. However sugar and sweeteners can cause diarrhea or other GI symptoms in certain patients. In general if you have diverticulosis a high fiber diet will help. And that would include avoiding food high in sugar. If you have chronic diverticulitis, it may time to visit a surgeon. ...Read more

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Are natural sugars (ie fructose) as bad for you as refined sugars: do they have the same effect?

All Sugars Are Bad: There is no proof that sugars from fruits like fructose are much better than regular table sugar. Brown sugar, white sugar, "raw" sugar are all the same, avoid them. Whole fresh fruits--berries, apples, peaches pears, oranges have lots of fiber which causes slow absorption of the sugars and are great. ...Read more

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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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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. ...Read more

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Why are artificial sweeteners bad for you?

Why are artificial sweeteners bad for you?

Aspartame: Not all artificial sweetners contain aspartame. Asparatame has 92 different possible adverse reactions associated with it's use to include conditions like migraine headaches and seizures. ...Read more

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Why are artificial sweeteners so bad for you?

Aspartame: When some people take artifiical sweetners containing aspartame - a variety of different adverse reactoins can occur. ...Read more

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Are all artificial sweeteners bad for you? Why?

Aspartame: Some artificial sweetners contain aspartame which can cause health problems for some people. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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Are there any artificial sweeteners that aren't 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! ...Read more

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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. ...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