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All About Artificial Sweeteners

The Lowdown on Zero-Calorie Sugar Substitutes

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11/7/2017 6:22:52 AM

EMGERBER's SparkPage
I try to avoid artificial sweeteners.
9/22/2017 9:26:36 PM

LRCOTE's SparkPage
I can't use artificial sweeteners, too many chemicals and allergens for me. Nectresse is a great no-cal sweetener. It's made from the monk fruit plant and doesn't have the icky aftertaste that artificial sweeteners do. The Splenda people make it.
3/9/2017 10:15:41 AM

4LMHJCR's SparkPage
great information - thanks so very much
12/12/2016 10:02:20 AM

CELTICLASSINLA's SparkPage
I learned a lot more than I thought I would. Great and objective article for facts. I drink diet soda 3-4 times a week but don't use sugar substitutes any other time. Now I never will. Thank you.
11/4/2016 8:55:36 PM

MAXIEG3's SparkPage
I try my best to stay away from artificial sugar I don't like the after taste.
9/18/2016 8:30:56 AM

SPARKYFLOWER's SparkPage
I don't know that much about artificial sweeteners so I really enjoyed this article. Very informative.
7/31/2016 8:14:52 PM

BELDAME's SparkPage
I've consumed roughly 12 pounds of aspartame since it hit the market in '84. Have not developed an illness, contracted MS, grown an extra limb, nor sprouted extraneous nipples.
Calm down.
7/31/2016 11:13:58 AM

JEANNESPARK's SparkPage
Best to eliminate artificial anything! And to very much curtail added sugars and refined carbohydrates!
7/31/2016 8:27:56 AM

FREEMANSFOX's SparkPage
It is reassuring that so many people have done research on their own and trust their own bodies. It gives me hope for the world. Just sad that numerous people will read an article like this and take it as gospel. To state that one food group can not affect health meaning sugar can not cause that many problems is either A) someone who wants to continue to do what they are doing and be justified or B) has seriously not looked at the change of diet and how much sugar has increased in the last 50 years. Artificial sweetners are even worse - if they seriously helped people keep weight off than why is the US so overweight.
3/1/2012 6:24:56 PM

MOVIEFREAKZU's SparkPage
So much to consider ... But I agree with those who say "just stick with natural food." Here's what happened to me and why I do not even touch artificial sweeteners. Some 30 years ago - when I was in colleges and entering the work world - I started having debilitating, excruciating headaches. I went to see several doctors and no one could figure out what it was. Our wise and stoic family doctor basically just has me start trying various things, and one was to stop drinking TAB and eating sugar-free foods. It worked. The headaches went away, and I never touched artificial sweeteners again. Some people say, "well, that was just the old stuff - today's products are better and safer." No thanks. If something can affect a body - especially the head - the way it affected me, it can't be good for you. Sugar has been all right for people for centuries, and it's fine for me. If I want to lose weight, I'll just eat less of it ... Oh, wait - I did that! Anyway, that's my two cents. Others can argue about A.S.'s - I'll just stay away. :)
3/1/2012 4:31:39 PM

LOLA118's SparkPage
"Despite FDA approval, artificial sweeteners have been accused of causing everything from mood and behavioral disorders to headaches, multiple sclerosis, obesity, heart disease and cancer. While some individuals may attribute these symptoms to artificial sweeteners, there are no published, peer-reviewed, controlled scientific studies to support these accusations. According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no scientific evidence that any artificial sweeteners approved for use in the United States cause cancer. The American Dietetic Association says that adults can safely enjoy a range of non-nutritive sweeteners when consumed in a diet that is guided by federal nutrition recommendations such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans".

But people will just believe what they want to believe. After all, they know better than those silly experts.
SANDRA_FLORES
12/18/2011 9:17:19 PM

I´ve reached a point now where if the FDA says it´s safe I question it. When the company that is supposed to be giving me unbiased health information is paid by the drug, food, pill, whatever that they are testing there is a problem and it will clearly be biased in favor of the one paying. As the old saying goes "don´t bite the hand that feeds you" and the FDA would not want to do anything to stop that cash flow.
8/1/2011 4:08:38 PM

MME_BUTTERFLY's SparkPage
They claim aspartame is one of the most studied artificial sweeteners, but they fail to tell you how much big money went into hiding the real results of the tests, etc.

As a person who had all the symptoms of multiple sclerosis without the correlating lesions and then had every single one of the symptoms go away once I stopped eating the yogurt that contained aspartame which I was eating five days a week (trying to eat healthier and lose weight) -- I would encourage every single person out there to stop drinking diet sodas and not eat anything containing aspartame, sucralose or any other artificial sweetener. I never read food labels until this happened to me. Now, I don't buy anything without reading the label first and I make sure to never buy anything containing artificial sweeteners. It just isn't worth your health.
ALPHASCAN
7/28/2011 4:44:46 PM

Unfortunately, when it comes to sugar and sugar substitutes, the average American consumes 20 times the amount consumed just 100 years ago. Any healthy living website or dietitian who leaves the impression that consuming sugar OR sugar substitutes is anything but unhealthy is doing a disservice to its readers. The more sugar/sweetener you can cut from your diet, the healthier you are eating.
K_RENEE
7/22/2011 9:49:58 PM

Sounds like a bunch of people read this article and promptly got on their soap boxes. I think that artificial sweeteners are like anything else in life-- fine in moderation. Someone mention that our bodies were not designed to consume artificial psuedo-foods, and that's a good
point, but our bodies were also not designed to consume inordinate amounts of REAL foods either (leading to obesity or unhealthy weights) and some of us here have done exactly that.

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