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Are artificial sweeteners such as splenda healthier than normal sugar?

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Better than white sugar? I want to make brownies. The brand that I have heard of pretty often is splenda. Is it any good?

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From what I've heard Splenda is not bad for you, nor are most artificial sweeteners. Most of the "chemical sweeteners give you cancer" hype is just that.

I still think that stevia is better for you though and has a lower GI than Splenda - but someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Coconut or palm sugar has a very low GI but it's expensive.

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All artificial sweeteners that contain aspartame or sucralose in should be avoided, sucrolose is the better of the two, but aspartame should be avoided at all costs.

If you want any sweetener use fructose, its just natural fruit sugar.

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All artificial sweeteners that contain aspartame or sucralose in should be avoided, sucrolose is the better of the two, but aspartame should be avoided at all costs.

If you want any sweetener use fructose, its just natural fruit sugar.

can you explain please? i am just curious and i try to avoid eating sugar so i drink diet soda for the caffeine.

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I'm gonna tell you OP, you don't want to open up this debate. Some people very strongly believe that artificial sweeteners are the devil. Some people even believe they make you fatter.

Personally, I love my diet coke, and I think artificial sweeteners are great. But people will bring in some ludicrous evidence to try and convince you they are horrible...

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I recommend use honey.

I think honey loses its benefits when heated.

I'm gonna tell you OP, you don't want to open up this debate. Some people very strongly believe that artificial sweeteners are the devil. Some people even believe they make you fatter.

Personally, I love my diet coke, and I think artificial sweeteners are great. But people will bring in some ludicrous evidence to try and convince you they are horrible...

Seems so. I usually prefer the natural choices as well...

Do artificial sweeteners spike insulin levels? That's what I am mainly concerned about.

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Sugar is not a modern phenomenon, just the amount we use is. I'm sure you could get away with small amounts of honey or fruit sugars as people have been doing for a long time.

On the other hand, artificial sweeteners are a modern phenomenon and I'd be wary of using them personally.

To the guy that drinks diet coke for caffeine - consider green tea. Plenty of well established health benefits, it's proven itself to be good to the body over the centuries of it being used, and at least to me it tastes great - I don't add anything to it.

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All artificial sweeteners that contain aspartame or sucralose in should be avoided, sucrolose is the better of the two, but aspartame should be avoided at all costs.

If you want any sweetener use fructose, its just natural fruit sugar.

can you explain please? i am just curious and i try to avoid eating sugar so i drink diet soda for the caffeine.

Take a read through here, it should give some info, especially the quote at the top of the last page.

http://forum.myprotein.co.uk/diet-nutritio...e-banned-4.html

I'm gonna tell you OP, you don't want to open up this debate. Some people very strongly believe that artificial sweeteners are the devil. Some people even believe they make you fatter.

Personally, I love my diet coke, and I think artificial sweeteners are great. But people will bring in some ludicrous evidence to try and convince you they are horrible...

Not wanting to start it off either, but it has to be said; if it isnt bad then why have the producers of it been forced to change the name in some countries due to certain evidence of bad health?

My friend also often catches a cold or has frequent headaches if he has anything with aspartame in, its no coincidence.

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We've known for over a decade now that these artificial sweeteners (that contain no sugar) are really quite a bit worse for you in the long run. Even NATURAL sugar-free sweeteners, such as Stevia, are unhealthy and can cause a number of physiological problems. For me, Stevia causes headaches; aspartame and sucralose cause worse headaches.

The reason they're unhealthy is they operate like drugs. When they're absorbed through the membranes in your mouth, throat, and stomach, they cause your brain to release certain excitotoxins that tell you what you're eating is good, and in this case sweet. It's basically the same principle as using MSG (they call it "hydrolyzed protein" now; it's in Ramen, sauces, and lots of Asian cuisine) or cocaine (which was used previously in Coca Cola).

Long story short, they're not a good idea to use regularly in place of sugar. Once in a while though, they should do little harm unless they cause you headaches or other complications (like they do in 33% of the US population).

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We've known for over a decade now that these artificial sweeteners (that contain no sugar) are really quite a bit worse for you in the long run. Even NATURAL sugar-free sweeteners, such as Stevia, are unhealthy and can cause a number of physiological problems. For me, Stevia causes headaches; aspartame and sucralose cause worse headaches.

The reason they're unhealthy is they operate like drugs. When they're absorbed through the membranes in your mouth, throat, and stomach, they cause your brain to release certain excitotoxins that tell you what you're eating is good, and in this case sweet. It's basically the same principle as using MSG (they call it "hydrolyzed protein" now; it's in Ramen, sauces, and lots of Asian cuisine) or cocaine (which was used previously in Coca Cola).

Long story short, they're not a good idea to use regularly in place of sugar. Once in a while though, they should do little harm unless they cause you headaches or other complications (like they do in 33% of the US population).

This is the kind of stuff I was talking about OP. 33% of the population experiencing headaches or other complications from artificial sweeteners... cmon dude you can't actually believe that. At least post your sources.

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I love diet sodas... but know for a fact that it triggers headaches for me. I'm pathetic though, I still drink it. I will probably have cancer by the time I'm 30. I haven't noticed it having any effect on my acne though, I drink it now and I'm 100% clear.

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I love diet sodas... but know for a fact that it triggers headaches for me. I'm pathetic though, I still drink it. I will probably have cancer by the time I'm 30. I haven't noticed it having any effect on my acne though, I drink it now and I'm 100% clear.

Caffience is a much much much more likely culprit for triggering headaches than the aspartame in the diet soda. Especially if you eat / drink other sources of caffeine throughout the day!

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This is the kind of stuff I was talking about OP. 33% of the population experiencing headaches or other complications from artificial sweeteners... cmon dude you can't actually believe that. At least post your sources.

I actually got that statistic from a YouTube video; I'm no expert on artificial sweeteners, but they're definitely not an ideal way of dieting. Not to mention the glycemic index of some artificial sweeteners is actually higher than sugar's, hence making them more dangerous by nature for your heart and metabolism.

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All artificial sweeteners that contain aspartame or sucralose in should be avoided, sucrolose is the better of the two, but aspartame should be avoided at all costs.

If you want any sweetener use fructose, its just natural fruit sugar.

Yes that's my belief! Aspartame is terrible, I would never put that in my body. I'd rather put natural sugar in my body, preferably sugar in the raw, but the others have been shown to cause cancer. And I know many people that have lived on Diet or "light" foods and beverages and have developed one form of cancer or another.

And yes fructose is the sweetest and healthiest saccharide.

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We've known for over a decade now that these artificial sweeteners (that contain no sugar) are really quite a bit worse for you in the long run. Even NATURAL sugar-free sweeteners, such as Stevia, are unhealthy and can cause a number of physiological problems. For me, Stevia causes headaches; aspartame and sucralose cause worse headaches.

The reason they're unhealthy is they operate like drugs. When they're absorbed through the membranes in your mouth, throat, and stomach, they cause your brain to release certain excitotoxins that tell you what you're eating is good, and in this case sweet. It's basically the same principle as using MSG (they call it "hydrolyzed protein" now; it's in Ramen, sauces, and lots of Asian cuisine) or cocaine (which was used previously in Coca Cola).

Long story short, they're not a good idea to use regularly in place of sugar. Once in a while though, they should do little harm unless they cause you headaches or other complications (like they do in 33% of the US population).

The irony is that I get headaches when I consume cane sugar. I don't get them when I consume Sweet N Low or Stevia. Just because something might negatively affect YOU, doesn't mean it's unhealthy and awful for everyone. ie - oranges are healthy for someone, poison for someone else.

Your reasoning lacks logic. I thought you were going somewhere with it, but then you just...stopped. The problem with sweeteners is that when we eat something that tastes like it should be sugar laden, our bodies expect it to be sugar laden. When it doesn't get those calories that it's expecting, it triggers our brains to want more to fulfill the gap that the sweetener did not, thus causing cravings and overeating. At least this is what the experts say.

THIS study says otherwise.

There are also quite a bit of studies that suggest artificial sweeteners do not cause cancer or the like:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661082

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18685711

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,...1931116,00.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14556707/

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Almost all other AS are bad for you. AS are toxic. They cause cancer etc...

Splenda is bad for you! It has clorine in it! Thats really toxic! They never really tested the dangers. (longest 13months tested). So we dont know anything about it only that its made from sugar and toxics.

Stevia is not bad for you in any way! Just buy that. Its the best alternative theres out there. Why not buy it instead of splenda? If your in europe dont worry! because stevia has recently been declared safe by the european food and safety authority. We only have to wait for the government to give green light. This will be real soon!

Btw buy the green leaf powder stevia. The white powder and the liquid is highly processed etc...

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The irony is that I get headaches when I consume cane sugar. I don't get them when I consume Sweet N Low or Stevia. Just because something might negatively affect YOU, doesn't mean it's unhealthy and awful for everyone. ie - oranges are healthy for someone, poison for someone else.

Your reasoning lacks logic. I thought you were going somewhere with it, but then you just...stopped. The problem with sweeteners is that when we eat something that tastes like it should be sugar laden, our bodies expect it to be sugar laden. When it doesn't get those calories that it's expecting, it triggers our brains to want more to fulfill the gap that the sweetener did not, thus causing cravings and overeating. At least this is what the experts say.

THIS study says otherwise.

There are also quite a bit of studies that suggest artificial sweeteners do not cause cancer or the like:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661082

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18685711

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,...1931116,00.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14556707/

I try to take things the government says only at face value. They make money off the the billion dollar artificial sweetener industry!

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The irony is that I get headaches when I consume cane sugar. I don't get them when I consume Sweet N Low or Stevia. Just because something might negatively affect YOU, doesn't mean it's unhealthy and awful for everyone. ie - oranges are healthy for someone, poison for someone else.

Your reasoning lacks logic. I thought you were going somewhere with it, but then you just...stopped. The problem with sweeteners is that when we eat something that tastes like it should be sugar laden, our bodies expect it to be sugar laden. When it doesn't get those calories that it's expecting, it triggers our brains to want more to fulfill the gap that the sweetener did not, thus causing cravings and overeating. At least this is what the experts say.

THIS study says otherwise.

There are also quite a bit of studies that suggest artificial sweeteners do not cause cancer or the like:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661082

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18685711

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,...1931116,00.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14556707/

When I look at information from a government site I dont ever let myself believe half what they say. Nearly ALL of the big health associations say AS are safe, but all small tests carried out by non recognised health orgs say it is bad (including personal tests etc). That makes you wonder why, right? its because they are all linked, the people that produce AS are literally bribing these orgs in order to promote their product.

Please tell me how a toxin can be safe to consume? http://www.lovethetruth.com/truth_about_aspartame.htm

I try to take things the government says only at face value. They make money off the the billion dollar artificial sweetener industry!

This sums it up nicely!

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The irony is that I get headaches when I consume cane sugar. I don't get them when I consume Sweet N Low or Stevia. Just because something might negatively affect YOU, doesn't mean it's unhealthy and awful for everyone. ie - oranges are healthy for someone, poison for someone else.

Your reasoning lacks logic. I thought you were going somewhere with it, but then you just...stopped. The problem with sweeteners is that when we eat something that tastes like it should be sugar laden, our bodies expect it to be sugar laden. When it doesn't get those calories that it's expecting, it triggers our brains to want more to fulfill the gap that the sweetener did not, thus causing cravings and overeating. At least this is what the experts say.

THIS study says otherwise.

There are also quite a bit of studies that suggest artificial sweeteners do not cause cancer or the like:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661082

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18685711

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,...1931116,00.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14556707/

I try to take things the government says only at face value. They make money off the the billion dollar artificial sweetener industry!

They also make money off me and every single other taxpayer and business in the country. The argument is invalid.

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I'd say with stuff like this it's best to just stay away from both since it's so debatable right now, and neither side has really come to a conclusion. It's safer that way, the risk aren't worth it anyways.

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I'd say with stuff like this it's best to just stay away from both since it's so debatable right now, and neither side has really come to a conclusion. It's safer that way, the risk aren't worth it anyways.

Nothing is 100% safe and nothing ever will be. For some reason artificial sweeteners draw a bunch of criticism when really there are other things people consume daily that are way worse. There are mountains of evidence to support the safety if artificial sweeteners, and much of the criticism comes from nonscientific sources and conspiracy theorists. I'm not they're perfectly safe, but I can't figure out why they are such a big deal...

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