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Dr. PHILLIP KIM Dr. KIM
Family Medicine
11 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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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.

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


Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Richard Lipman Dr. Lipman
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
51 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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", .

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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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/

Dr. Martin Fried Dr. Fried
General Practice
32 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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

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Dr. James Beck Dr. Beck
Dentistry
7 years in practice
Louisiana State University√ā¬†School of Dentistry
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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.

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Dr. Jesse Krakauer Dr. Krakauer
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
41 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. David Sneid Dr. Sneid
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
37 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Kevin Passer Dr. Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
31 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr Dr. Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
37 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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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.

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Dr. Gregg Nishi Dr. Nishi
Bariatrics
18 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

Dr. Michael Turner Dr. Turner
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. James Wright Dr. Wright
Dentistry
29 years in practice
Marquette University School of Dentistry
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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!

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Dr. Sudhir Bansal Dr. Bansal
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
71 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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Taking into account the side effects, is it possible to use stevia as a fully sugar substitute? Or should it only be used as a complement?

Sugar substitute: Sugar substitutes in general are safe for adults and can be used for all intake in place of sugar may cause GI upset.

Dr. Peter Karsant Dr. Karsant
Dentistry
35 years in practice
University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
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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.

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr Dr. Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
37 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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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, can produce significant changes in body fat.

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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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Dr. Stanley Schwartz Dr. Schwartz
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
48 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale Dr. Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
69 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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