Why You Should Skip Artificial Sweeteners

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In a perfect world we would all be our goal weight and all calories would be free, or at least less destructive to our waistline. The past 25 years, however, have seen a dramatic increase in the consumption of artificial sweeteners in foods and drinks, including those containing sucralose, aspartame, saccharin, etc. Despite the superficial logic that consuming fewer calories will lead to weight loss, the evidence is very clear that using artificial sweeteners can, paradoxically, cause weight gain.

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    • Lauren

      I gave up smoking and drinking alcohol, so I feel like if I have one vice, that is what it will be ;)

    • Venita Peyton

      I always read these articles and sense they are written by people who have never had a real weight problem. Moderation is key.

      For me, eliminating diet sodas ALTOGETHER resulted in a huge drop in craving. Coffee? Still need something other than sugar, but have you looked at the high cost of Xylitol? 2.5 lbs costs over $12!

      The cheapest red wine has an alcohol content of less than 13. Less than 12 = high costing flavored beverage.

    • Mary Nash Stoddard

      As the originator, along w/co-founder, Jas. Turner, Esq., in the mid-eighties, of the global Aspartame Awareness Campaign, I like what this writer has to say about Aspartame sweeteners. With one exception: We dispute the statement that Aspartame does not raise blood sugar levels. It does. Look at all the Diabetics who ‘live’ on it, yet they have to take medication to control those levels. Abstinence from Aspartame will get them back under control. We have a ‘finger-stick/Diet Drink’ test for Diabetics to prove it to themselves. Did you know the FDA Director and his daughter both died within a six-month period, in 2010, of Aspartame-related Cancers? (Leukemia & Pancreatic) Twenty nine years after he approved Aspartame over everyone’s objections. — Respectfully, Hon. Mary Nash Stoddard/author Deadly Deception Story of Aspartame (Odenwald Press 98)

    • Lisa Watson

      Contrary to what this article says, the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association just this month published a position paper on low cal sweeteners and health. After noting the safety of the low cal sweeteners approved by FDA, and these experts conclude that they can help to reduce added sugar in the diet and thus can help in weight management as long as people don’t use them as an excuse to eat more. (Makes sense!) That paper is published in the journal Circulation: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2012/07/09/CIR.0b013e31825c42ee.full.pdf+html?sid=035d27f0-1431-477f-baf6-6bded5fc7a80.