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Fake sugar/too much artificial sweetner bad for you?

I know, we've all heard that Sweet-n-low caused cancer in lab rats, but I am trying to shed some poundage, therefore have alot of artificial sweetner (all different kinds) throughtout the day.

Not to mention the fact that it's in almost every low-cal product I buy.

Is there any adverse affects on weight loss due to too much artificial sweetner? Does it make you more hungry? I once heard that they give you gas (luckily, i have not experienced that, haha). I don't wanna be thin and than develop some disease from sever art. sweetner intake, haha.

Any ideas?

Tue. Jun 26, 2:33pm

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link to a recent study about the cancer link below.

I've tried to look into this before. If you google search "aspartame weight loss" there is differing information. It's hard to sort out the true from the false.

Some places say that there are absolutely no negative affects from Aspartame, and others will say that it will increase your appetite for carbs (by spiking your insulin levels, which can supposedly also increase your fat storage.)

I'm not going to side with either argument. My own practice is that I try to avoid aspartame, as well as most processed and refined foods. If I want something with sugar, I use sugar, and use a small amount, for example I like brown sugar with my oatmeal in the morning, but I use a small amount of it.

It hasn't been proven that it is completely safe, it just hasn't been proven if it's bad for you.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 3:16 PM

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artificial sweeteners are actually neurotoxins- toxins that affect the brain and nervous system. other chemicals that are added to food are neurotoxins as well. (MSG, dyes, "modified" ingredients, and many others) The side affects from these chemicals vary from ADD/ADHD symptoms, to Lupus, to depression, auto-immune disorders, you name it. the FDA knows this, but the food company lobbiests (sp?) would rather you didn't.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 9:37 PM

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I just finished reading a book called "Sweet Poison". It's all about aspartame and how very bad it is for you. It was a real eye opener. Now all diet drinks are off limits for me! Personally, I'd rather get the extra calories than some disease. I would recommend the book and make your own decision from there.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 9:55 PM

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Have Stevia instead. All natural and very healthy.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007, 9:56 PM

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I knew the stevia suggestion was going to come up again. While we're at it let's get the rest out of our system :-)

Try using equal, it's better than sweet and low and tastes yummier.

Try using splenda, its made from sugar so it tastes like sugar.

No you moron, splenda has chlorine in it and will kill you like the chlorine in your shower water. Use brown sugar for sweetness.

All you people are so pumped full of sweetness, you need to wean yourself off of sugar! I don't use any sweetners and things like plain tea now taste so sweet to me.

Use maple syrup, its all natural and has lots of health benefits.

Use high fructose corn syrup, its been approved by the FDA and is in everything so it must be good for you right?

Am I missing anything?

But in all seriousness, the amount of sweet and low that they pump into lab rats is exponentially larger than any of us will ever consume. Try to stick to all natural products, but if you buy some low cal snacks or treats with artificial sweetners to have from time to time, you'll be fine. Just don't make them staples of your diet.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 7:42 AM

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isn't it an Exitotoxin rather than a Neurotoxin? Maybe the two are related.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 10:17 AM

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I really have no scientific facts to state like other posters, but I thought I'd throw in my $0.02. :)

I avoid all fake sweeteners like the plague. They make me SO sick. TMI - They put me in the bathroom 30 minutes after eating them. So, I figure they can't be healthy in the least.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 11:01 AM

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I consume both sugar and aspartame during the day, but not a lot, and have no weightloss problems. I think it is helpful to reduce one's "sweet tooth." We tend to think of people as having a sweet tooth or not, but is actually is something one can "cure" by tapering the amount of sweet food one is used to consuming over the course of a day.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 11:27 AM

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Has anyone tried agave nectar? I heard this is also a good natural sweetener to use, but I have never tried it myself. I thought I might check it out.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 11:52 AM

Add comment use splenda. no cancer causing agents. as for the poster who wrote "no you moron, splenda has chlorine in it", and anyone else who believes this, let me tell you that you should do ur research before calling people morons. Splenda is made by substituting a hydroxide group in the sugar with a Chlorine atom. This does not make the splenda poisonous. There is less Chlorine in the splenda than in tap water, which we can drink in huge amounts without getting even faintly sick. So think about that.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 12:44 PM

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