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Sucralose has no effect on blood sugar, offers no calories, and is deemed safe during pregnancy and lactation. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sucralose is safe for everyone to consume, including pregnant women. Artificial Sweeteners that are NOT safe to use during pregnancy Saccharin: (Sweet ‘N Low). Yes, most pregnant women can safely use any artificial sweeteners approved by the U.S.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Artificial sweeteners are calorie-free (or nearly calorie-free) additives that are used in foods and beverages to make them taste sweet. They also come in packets so you can add them to food and drinks yourself. Here’s what you need to know about the different types of artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes you might see on food and beverage labels.

Examples include: Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet) during pregnancy. According to the FDA, aspartame is safe for use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The American Pregnancy Association also notes that stevia (rebaudioside-A) is okay for pregnant women. But though some of these artificial sweeteners have the green light from the FDA, they should still be used sparingly. Stevia, Sucralose, Aspartame, and Sunette are safe for pregnant women.

Saccharin – the sweetener in Sweet N Low is under study for safety for pregnancy. Artificial sweeteners do not metabolize in the body and don’t provide excess calories. Using artificial sweeteners can cause diabetic ketoacidosis in Diabetes Type 1 pregnant women. The doctor may prescribe artificial sweeteners when a woman may have gained excess weight during pregnancy. At times women suffer from gestational diabetes which if not managed at the onset can pose a risk on the mother as well as the foetus.

A: Although the safety of artificial sweeteners, like aspartame and sucralose, is a hot topic, most doctors agree that these are safe during pregnancy when used in moderation, although it’s always. If you use artificial sweeteners and are pregnant, it is always best to talk with your care provider on which sweetener you are using and how much you are consuming. Aspartame is the artificial sweetener found in NutraSweet, Equal, and most diet soft drinks and other sugar-free treats, and it’s considered safe when consumed in moderate amounts. Saccharin, on the other hand, is more.

Some artificial sweeteners have been seen to be safe for humans as such, but linked to certain complications during pregnancy. Saccharin is one such example, which has been linked to an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. But are these sugar substitutes safe to consume during pregnancy? Below is a list of common artificial sweeteners that many people use in place of sugar. All are deemed safe by the U.S.

Food and Drug Administration. 1 But because there is evidence that they may cross the placenta, scientists warn caution against the use of some and urge that others be used only sparingly. 2.

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Artificial sweeteners commonly used in lowor no-calorie beverages and low-calorie food products have not been found to have adverse effects on the normal mother or fetus and thus are approved by Health Canada for use during pregnancy.

“Maternal Child Nursing Care in Canada E-Book” by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Lisa Keenan-Lindsay, David Wilson, Cheryl A. Sams
from Maternal Child Nursing Care in Canada E-Book
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2016

Several extensive studies show that these artificial sweeteners appear safe for consumption by pregnant and breastfeeding women; however, anyone who has phenylketonuria (PKU) should avoid aspartame because it may cause severe health problems.

“Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide” by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, April Bolding
from Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, et. al.
Meadowbrook, 2016

Saccharin (Sweet’N Low), sucralose (Splenda), and aspartame (Equal or NutraSweet) are considered safe for normal women during pregnancy.

“Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing” by Sharon Smith Murray, MSN, RN, C, Emily Slone McKinney, MSN, RN, C
from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing
by Sharon Smith Murray, MSN, RN, C, Emily Slone McKinney, MSN, RN, C
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

Aspartame, acesulfame-K, and sucralose are all safe for use during pregnancy.

“Brunner & Suddarth's Textbook of Canadian Medical-surgical Nursing” by Rene A. Day, Pauline Paul, Beverly Williams
from Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbook of Canadian Medical-surgical Nursing
by Rene A. Day, Pauline Paul, Beverly Williams
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

Dietary assessment of pregnant women should include the use of artificial sweeteners, found primarily in soft drinks but also in flavored yogurt, baked goods, and as a substitute for added sugar.

“Women's Health Care in Advanced Practice Nursing” by Catherine Ingram Fogel, PhD, RNC, FAAN, Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN
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by Catherine Ingram Fogel, PhD, RNC, FAAN, Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN
Springer Publishing Company, 2008

There’s no hard evidence to show that products with artificial sweeteners are harmful to the developing baby, but some women choose to err on the side of caution by avoiding these products during pregnancy.

“The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between” by Ann Douglas
from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In Between
by Ann Douglas
Wiley, 2011

Nonnutritive sweeteners, including aspartame, saccharin, acesulfame-K, and sucralose appear to be safe to use during pregnancy.

“Perinatal Nursing” by Kathleen Rice Simpson, Patricia A. Creehan, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
from Perinatal Nursing
by Kathleen Rice Simpson, Patricia A. Creehan, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008

Some experts, on the other hand, are less convinced of the sweetener’s safety (in pregnancy and out) and recommend that expectant mums be especially cautious in their use of aspartame until more results are in.

“What to Expect: Eating Well When You're Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect: Eating Well When You’re Expecting
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

For instance, although the sweetener aspartame has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for consumption and is apparently safe during pregnancy, large amounts of the compound should be avoided by pregnant women until its safety is thoroughly confirmed.

“Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family” by Adele Pillitteri
from Maternal & Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family
by Adele Pillitteri
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010

Both the American Medical Association (AMA, 1986) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, 1985) have concluded that aspartame use is safe for humans who do not suffer from PKU and is safe for the fetus during pregnancy at levels currently being used.

“Handbook of Food Toxicology” by S.S. Deshpande
from Handbook of Food Toxicology
by S.S. Deshpande
Taylor & Francis, 2002

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  • Sweet foods were rare in nature during our evolution. The quantities that we consume them today is making us sick. People should not consume sweeteners of any kind, natural or otherwise. Don’t believe me? Try Dr. Lustig, Dr Fung, Dr. Gary Fetke, Ivor Cummins, Nina Teicholz….

  • The human microbiome is made up of between 40-100 trillion micro organisms – which include bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa and other organisms; Our microbiome contains hundreds of different bacterial species – and over 3 million genes. our gut microbiome has 150 times more genes than the human body does. SOURCE:

    Sucralose was approved by the FDA as a tabletop sweetener in 1998, followed by approval as a general purpose sweetener in 1999. SOURCE:

    In 2015, an estimated 1.3% of US adults (3 million) reported being diagnosed with IBD (either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis).1 This was a large increase from 1999 (0.9% or 2 million adults). SOURCE: CDC

    It is not unreasonable to suspect that some of the Hundreds of Different organisms in our Gut Biome may have the Enzymatic and Fermentation ability needed to break the bond of the Chlorine Atoms from the Sugar Molecules, releasing the Sugar for them to consume, and releasing the Chlorine into the Sucralose Consumers Bowel.

  • Erythritol…from the sounds of that compound i wouldn’t trust it. Chances are that if you ate it regularly that your gut bacteria would change to digest it.

  • Well, metabolism and eating habits are very complex and sugar and artificial sweeteners are just one peace of the whole equation. Many people consume artificial sweeteners or artificiality sweetened food just for pure habit associations, for example, when I was a student and I needed a break, I was drawn to get a Diet Coke and Oreos form the vending machine and ate them quickly in order to get back to do whatever I was doing. Also, I drank a lot of coffee in the morning, and when I sweetened it with sugar I could never get it right some times I over sweetened, so it was more convenient to use one package and get a consistent result. So yes.. daily habits have a mayor role in our overall food consumption habits.

  • The American Diabetes Association (ADA), have found that stevia did not raise blood sugar or insulin levels in participants who were lean or obese. This is particularly important for people who are overweight, because obesity is a significant risk factor in developing type 2 diabetes. weight gain directly. A case can defiantly be made for artificial sweeteners being linked to Psychological trigger to eat more because people seem to feel that because they use a sweetener instead of sugar that they can then go ahead and eat a full bag of potato chips, BUT NO! Stevia will not cause you to gain weight directly.

  • Do not listen this men. Use Stevia only liquid and natural. Is enough few drops. I never met person which eat stevia in huge amount! Everything is about quantity and quality! 10 drops of stevia per day CAN NOT be compare with 5-10 tea spoons of sugar!

  • So I’ll put this out there… about a year ago I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 26. Shocking right? Turns out my diet was massively to blame, lots of sugary drinks at work (I work in food so they were free) caused a huge issue. Besides that, I had a huge carb intake in my normal diet as well which compounded the issue. I only noticed it when I started losing my vision after taking some steroids to help me get better from a cold that wouldn’t go away. Long story short, I monitored my diet, ate less carbs overall and found a semi balance with the things I eat. It’s still a work in progress, but I’ll note this here, a change in my drinking habits definitely helped along with my diet changes. I almost instantly changed from sugary drinks to artificial sweeteners and while it was a very slow going process, I lost weight and controlled my diabetes because of the lost weight. Currently I’m not on medication and I haven’t had any spike in my blood sugar levels, even when I gorge myself on occasion. You can turn yourself around. Just takes some creativity and knowing what you are eating. Talk to a nutritionist, it can change your life.

  • so the link between diabetes and sweeteners is people knowing they have a risk for diabetes so useing sweeteners? But the rat diabetes tho ��

  • Stevia, for me caused a ton of problems..I started using a meal replacement and I was obviously consuming high amounts. Said organic too. But I had started getting horrible hip pains and then my stomach sooooo messed up that I’m still trying to repair it. Pain all over ect. My husband said, babe have you changed your diet?..I said well the meal replacement. Then I looked into it and all these other people same issues and more. So I’ve stopped for a week now and guess what.. hip pain GONE.. I was so upset because we were sent extra and they charge us saying NO REFUND.. hopefully we can exchange then. I don’t believe all meal replacements are bad. But evidently Stevia was banned in the 90s..pssht.. no more trying anything like this. I’ve had too many things happen from products I started. Plexus was another one and Cacao at 3 tbs a day is really hard on your body too. Oh you’ll go to the bathroom alot and think wow roto rooster but omgsh it was like chocolate crack.. they actually nick named it Crackcao..

  • Just based on the idea that your body revs up when it tastes sweetness, it seems to me that low calorie sweeteners would have the opposite effect that you’re describing. If your metabolism revs up and there’s no fat to store, it sounds like you lose weight that way.

  • If it’s not natural it’s probably bad for you. My general rule. There are better options like beet sugar, agave syrup, and stevia.

  • I noticed since i took artificial sweetners for 2 years my waist got wider no matter how much weight i lost. And as soon as i stopped, after several months my waist looked smaller, and yet i was the same or 5-10 lbs heavier. I kinda want to keep doing that experiment for myself, but at the same time, i missed my waist to hip ratio. It’s been a year since. Still same weight and bmi of 25.

  • Luckily I don’ t have any sideeffects of sweeteners.

    I am on a prescribed ketogenic diet for medical reasons, and I use a lot sweeteners in beverages. My bloodsugar-level is always around 70 to 80 mg/dl (unless I make a mistake with my choice of food), no matter how much sweetener I consumed.

    I still can taste sweetness very good. Even bread seems sweet to me, as I am not anymore used to eat bread.

    And I don’ t eat more after consuming sweeteners. If I cheat on my diet, which I should’nt but it happens, and my blood suger is getting higher, but is still in a normal range up to 110 for example, I get really hungry and crave for sugar.

  • Ok, excellent information. Do these sweeteners have the same inflammation profile of something like processed sugar? I have MS and sugar is a major issue.

  • We should use life long criminals, mass murders and homicidal maniacs as test subjects…make use of them…coz they have no use in society…or we could use them as fuel instead of coal…

  • Something I read in a medical report, once, that it might not be the artificial sweetener used in the drinks that are causing the diabetes, but, the fact that some people, not all, think that because they are consuming diet drinks, that it gives them a go-ahead to consume more treats with sugars in them; donuts, twinkies, cakes, pies, etc. I’m sure someone will correct me on this. And, no, I only consume two, maybe three, packs of pink stuff a day, in coffee or tea, and detest desserts.

  • This ignores the fact that all artificial sweeteners aren’t the same and that such natural wood alcohol sweeteners like erythritol will cause nausea and gastric problems when consumed in large quantities such as in drinks.

  • I think artificial sweeteners are not metabolized, they build up and induce biological chemical rebounds. Thereby; chemical dependancy. But it is not absorbed in our G.I. system thereby irritating all other nutritional absorptions and permeability. I used stevia, hated it after about 3 days I got headaches and more symptoms I did not like. The “trade off” was not worth it. I use raw sugar in a controlled amount. Self control is healthier.

  • Sugar is the biggest killer. Its in everything that we eat. Stuff like aspartame is believed to be dangerous because its too good to be true lol. When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. But for stuff like cola zero? Nah bro. Its only dangerous when you take too much of it, the same goes for water lol. Normal cola is terrible for your health, but cola zero isn’t as bad(its not completely healthy though lol)

  • Ok, so artificial sweeteners aren’t the best, but are they still better than sugar overall? e.g. If someone craves sweet things all the time and going cold turkey isn’t realistic, are they better of switching to artificial sweeteners? Have there been any studies comparing sugar use to artificial sweetener use?

  • I have a big sweet tooth. But my bf does not. He uses liquid stevia in his coffee every day and he said it took him about 2 weeks to get over the bitter taste, and now he can’t look back. My question is, he says that liquid stevia is much better for you than stevia crystals. Is this true?

  • I have a saying that I go by. It says “Rather a Little than Light” meaning that it is better to have a small glass of regular Cola than a large glass of Cola Light. Or a small proper cupcake than a lot of some wired diet cake.:-D

    Thanks for reading all this research.

  • I had a friend who was type 1 Diabetic, incredibly addicted to Diet Coke (He would drink 2 large bottles a day of the stuff 4 LITRES a day). He would drink this instead of water. He got Hodgkins Lymphoma (TWICE), and the Doctors even told him that he had to stop the Diet Coke as it may have caused or triggered his cancer to come back…. he never gave it up. I don’t talk to him anymore so I don’t know what happened to him.

  • Complete waste of time video. 3 super wrong/confusing things:

    1. Every single item in plate looks different than in forest. Watermelons are round. But when people cut them and eat, will that be called as processed food? Natural = good always? Mangoes are completely natural. But its a super risky food for diabetes type 2.

    2. What kind of nutrition do we expect from a sugar? Granted that Stevia/MF does not have nutrition, but exactly which type of sugar has vitamins/minerals?

    3. What does “confuse our body” means? If anyone checks the insulin index or glycemic index of Stevia/MF vs plain sugar vs Splenda, then it will be pretty clear.

  • As someone who has been drinking diet soda since rhev70’s I think the theories on how bad artificial sweeteners are are just crap made up (and research funded by) by the sugar industry to get people to eat more sugar. I’ve seen zero negative impact from eating artificially sweetened foods on an almost daily basis for decades. I’ve never been over weight, I don’t have metabolic syndrome, natural foods don’t need to be fried to taste good, I don’t crave overly sweet food. I do have type 1 diabetes but that is autoimmune and genetic. You know what I else have probably because of artificial sweeteners? My kidneys, my vision, and all of my toes.

  • Found your channel through that Greg Doucette controversy. I still think that vid you made was pretty bad, but this one is great, it’s probably the most comprehensive video on artificial sweeteners on YouTube!

  • Every word of this video is important.
    When I was a young teen, I was introduced to diet coke.
    I liked it because it tasted less sweet than coke.
    So drank that.
    I don’t drink it anymore but to this day, 20 years after stopping, I am stil addicted.
    I love the stuff.
    If it’s in the house, I drink it.
    So I only buy it for rare guests who still drink that junk.

  • I find natural sugars in milk and fruit and grains more sweet and palatable when eating a more balanced diet lower in sugar and sweeteners

  • Fruit is good? sugar in fruit is good? Why? Scientific backup please? Fruit has glucose and fructose, nothing too much different from sucrose (regular sugar). What makes you think those are better than other type of sugar? If you eat too much of fruits, Fructose will eventually harm you. Do you understand how each nutrient is metabolized? There is something called glycemic index and artificial sweeteners have almost zero while glucose has 100. This is very useless

  • lol because fat people blame diet soda for diabetes and weight.. its got nothing to do with the rest of your diet and lifestyle. Some scientists are dumb af too.

  • Monk fruit isn’t artificial. Artificial adjective: made by human skill; produced by humans (opposed to natural):
    artificial flowers.

  • Monk fruit is NOT artificial. And, unlike Stevia and “artificial” sweeteners, has absolutely no aftertaste. Monk fruit sweetener is created by crushing its seeds and skin to collect the juice, which is then dried into a concentrated powder. The firs5 step includes high levels of fructose and glucose. However, these sugars aren’t responsible for its sweetness. Instead, it gets its intense sweetness from unique antioxidants called mogrosides. Therefore, monk fruit sweetener does not contain fructose or glucose, and, as a result, no calories, but a flavor profile almost identical to sugar. It’s been used for centuries in Asia.

  • Everything in moderation apart.from artificial sweetener which tastes mildly sweet, but also shares a lot of tastes with aspirin and has that nasty bitter after taste.

  • Dr Northrop. I quit Splenda, stevia, monk fruit, and erythrtol. I used these in my daily coffee, iced teas and evening snack. I kept my diet the same. Even had a cheat day for my 36 wedding anniversary and had a large slice of cheesecake and still lost 2.5 pounds in just week!! I felt so much better without any cravings for sweets immediately. I was so addicted to having something sweet. My stomach is not as puffy and swollen. Yikes!! Thank you for your information. And BTW. I love your fuchsia blouse/dress. It’s your color.

  • I have cut out soda in my diet in favor of more healthy drinks, but now I only drink coffee and water and I’m getting bored… Are there any options you would recommend? I don’t tend to like flavored sparkling water/seltzer. I’m not really watching calories or anything, just trying to make choices that are healthier for my body.

  • Good topic! The thing is Stevia is an herb, which I grow in my garden every year. You can buy it as a whole leaf or just grow it, then dry it or pick a fresh leaf to go in your tea/ coffee. I bake with stevia and a maple syrup blend. If you do a deep study on stevia…this is good for the blood sugar. God given herb for the diabetic!

  • Squash (UK thing, just add a little to water) really helps me stay away from diet fizzy drinks but squash also contains some artifical sweeteners so not sure what to do. Squash really helps me to drink more water:/

  • I’m wondering what what work for PCOS, I’ve been using Swerve due to insulin resistance but I’m wondering whether, in the long term, it could be contributing to the problem!

  • I developed a condition based allergy to aspartame when I developed Rheumatoid Arthritis. It causes symptoms of a flare around 12-24 hours after I consume It. I will say that regular coke is more satiating, but less refreshing, so I definitely consume less. Diet coke also used to burn a little when it hit my stomach, even if I had eaten. I still love vegetables, salted carrots and frozen peas are favourite snacks.

    I also gor a condition based allergy to MSG, but that’s another topic…

  • You mentioned some “Natural Sweeteners” that are not artificial. I believe they should not be included in this video. Only the “Artificial” ones should be referenced.

  • I am diabetic, so I gave up eating most sugars at that time, still had diet pop. I couldn’t get my count down nore take any med, alergic to most meds.. So, had to go another route, gave up all pop and sweets altogether was so hard, craved them and want them even more. I have started a new way of eating and since then have gave up almost all sugars, may have a pack a day most of time have none per day. One day I was at a friends house and she had cake which I do love and of course they all told me one won’t hurt. Well, I gave in and could only stand one bite, I really couldn’t handle having even one bite, it was what I call sickening sweet.

  • For anyone wondering how many sweeteners to consume in a day the average number of artificial sweetener packets a person should have per day is 1-23. I was curious about this and found the answer on So for drinks if you use 4 packets per drink that’s close to 6 drinks. But also keep in mind that Kool aids or Crystal Light flavored pitcher drinks, diet cola, and bottled drinks are flavored with artificial sweeteners that is probably close to the average amount of 23 packets. For me I think keeping it close to 8 packets a day is a better bet for health. Less is better

  • I always get an upset gut if I consume something that contains stevia. I’m avoiding that as additives in food if possible. Real sugar doesn’t wreck my shit at least

  • I think surgeons can stick to surgery and leave food to qualified nutritionists and dietitians.. the whole argument n explanation is wrong doesn’t make sense.. like I’m gonna add apple to my coffee now all desserts coz mr surgoen says? It’s always a comparative choice of something being better than other..

  • At least you state that most of the studies are near useless, too small, and flawed. All that really matters is that you can use them to lower the amount of carbs in your diet, especially when you are a type 1 diabetic; and calories in calories out is the most important factor when you want to lose weight. White sugar has cost the world’s health care system more that any artificial sugar ever will.

  • Since I already am a diabetic (have been type-1 for almost 52 years), I don’t see any reason to not continue using Splenda, (I use it mostly to flavor hot drinks).
    I don’t over do it; in fact, what’s truly weird is that if I feel my blood-sugar is low, I’ll grab a packet of Splenda, dump it down my craw, and feel many degrees better! (This may be due to the fact that the first ingredient in Splenda, as well as other artificial sweeteners, is dextrose, a type of sugar…)
    Of course, I will then proceed to eat something more substantial… but for my immediate relief, keeping that yellow packet around has proven invaluable.

  • I hate artificial sweeteners. Always have, they are disgusting. I also stopped consuming refined sugar about a month ago, only add a bit of honey to my coffee, matcha, oatmeal, smoothies, etc. I could never consume artificial sweeteners, I don’t know how some people actually enjoy the taste

  • I don’t care about the calories. When I do enjoy a soda here and there, I prefer diet because I HATE the sugary feeling left on my teeth from sugar containing soda. That’s all. I don’t drink diet every day… or even every week. Moderation of anything is key.

  • My very unscientific study about sweeteners has come to the conclusion that they’re bad for you. They give me splitting headaches, and this is a very common side affect, so they’re doing something besides just making things sweet. God bless the people who can eat them, but I can’t.

  • If I have somehting with aspartame I immediately get a headache or a severe panic attack. It is more recent. I have an appt with my GI doctor and I want to talk to him about it because of heartburn and stomach issues but hopefully he can answer that question also. I forgot to ask my pcp about it. I react to any drinks with it and Ricola cough drops.
    Like immediately feel something.

  • Lost an aunt a couple of years ago to Pancreatic Cancer. She only used Sweet N Low and similar brands of “sugar”. I don’t touch the stuff.

  • “Typically the foods that we consume them in have very little nutritional value.” I’m not sure that is an accurate statement.
    Apples, berries, other semi-tart fruits are high in nutritional value, but we like them sweetened a bit. Erythritol, stevia, and monk fruit extracts as sweeteners don’t decrease the nutritional value of nutritious foods. Bran muffins are not less nutritious because we may use one of these sweeteners instead of sugar. Candies are not the only place where these sweeteners are used. Reducing the calories and carbohydrates in nutritious foods is not a bad thing.
    Sucralose went out of fashion because it was found to spike blood sugar values and to “fool” the body; people continued to have some weight and blood glucose problems. It is my understanding that these three sugar substitutes don’t do so in a significant way.

  • I recently moved to US and I keep gaining weight slowly despite never drinking soda, eating fast food or snacks and eating one meal a day. I look through ingredients carefully when grocery shopping. I hate sweet n low it madee shet my pants. �� Ok tmi bye

  • I used to be addicted to soda. I started having symptoms of prediabetes. I switched to diet soda and the symptoms went away, though I quit altogether later, the switch to diet soda kept me from being diabetic.

  • Using sweeteners for more than a year and i can say i loved sweet cookies and chocolate milk and now its all too sweet for me so i eat less of them so it helps i guess

  • Questions about artificial sweeteners and cancer arose when early studies showed that cyclamate in combination with saccharin caused bladder cancer in laboratory animals. However, results from subsequent carcinogenicity studies (studies that examine whether a substance can cause cancer) of these sweeteners have not provided clear evidence of an association with cancer in humans. Similarly, studies of other FDA-approved sweeteners have not demonstrated clear evidence of an association with cancer in humans

  • it 100% changed how sweet I think things were after I stopped drinking a LOT of diet coke in my teens…the same thing happened when I cut out a lot of sugary foods in my 20s too! I still take my coffee pretty sweet though haha, but I only have one cup every other day so eh.

  • I’m an undergrad helping out with microbiome research using next generation sequencing technology. It may be interesting to see if the oral microbiome is affected by type of sweetener.

  • I’m allergic to aspartame, the rest though are fine for me. I’m pretty sure it’s safe, but some people can have intolerances to them. I’m only allergic to one of them, the others are fine. I can’t taste the difference between them and real sugar in truth. Mind you, I can’t taste the difference between decaff and regular coffee either.

  • This guy could learn a thing or two from Dr. Berg. Lol

    I didn’t hear him mention insulin even once. How exactly is it stopping us from losing weight when it doesn’t spike insulin levels like carbohydrates.? You can tell when someone doesn’t know what they are talking about because they can’t even explain it.

  • I try to avoid artificial sweeteners. I make sugar free desserts for my parents all the time, but I use Stevia (even with the strange aftertaste). I have nothing against them, but Splenda, Nutrasweet, and Xylitol give me massive headaches and monk fruit makes my throat swell up and I find it hard to breath. I know the headaches I get from both my parents, but I have no idea what causes the reaction to monk fruit. I just assume my body hates me and leave it at that.

  • This is not what the whiny people want to hear so the are killing the messenger. They can’t pull it off so they are attacking science. Honestly done with the science denying idiots in America

  • I don’t see u replying to your customers( as you would say” answering questions “) Reply to your Fans. You’ll get more Subscribers.

  • Sooo, I generally avoid sweeteners and try to keep an eye on my sugar intake in all it’s different label forms… is Stevia OK? I’ve used it in both the crytalised processed form and as my own grown form (trying to ignore the slightly bitter after taste of the fresh leaves, and doing my best to about not using too much bc the leaves do pack a very sweet punch!)

  • I recently started using 1 1/2 teaspoons of erythritol in my French toast (4 eggs, 3 slices wholegrain bread, vanilla extract, cinnamon) for breakfast. I now also have one 10 calorie portion of jelly (sugar free that contains aspartame) to get some gelatin/collagen in my diet.

    Before that I never used artificial sweeteners, never drank soda let alone diet soda and I almost never eat candy or sweets.

    It’s probably not the healthiest thing in the world but I see people who drink tons of sugar free energy drinks, diet sodas, splenda ridden coffees every day that comparatively my usage of it isn’t that bad.

  • I think diet options can either taste manky or great to me. Eg, I don’t mind diet or low sugar coke, but I can’t stand low sugar beans.

  • Jessica Kellgren Fozard has baking videos with artificial sweeteners because she has disabilities that limit her diet
    Would be a good reaction video

  • I went from 12 Dr peppers a day to 2 zero calorie sodas a day cause I don’t like the taste as much. I’d imagine the pure drop in intake of sugar to 2 cans of soda with artificial sweetener would still be better for me

  • He didn’t answer the most important question: do they spike our blood sugar?
    How are they artificial if they’re coming from plants?
    An apple is great but it has fructose.

  • Diet cola wrecks your brain, It feels like your brain is put on a blender and your trippin on acid, causes anxiety, irritablity, mood swings etc, Dont drink diet soda you will go through withdrawls

  • No study has ever linked the use of artificial sweetener to cancer in humans. Fact. To say that Diet Coke causes cancer is crazy. Stop smoking, work out, eat right and if you want a diet soda than have one. You will be fine. This person is practicing the utopian standard comparing diet soda to water. Is water better? yes, is diet soda gonna kill you? no.

  • Key word: “artificial”. I only eat stevia a few times per month maybe, as I make sure it’s pure stevia only. Wouldn’t touch splenda etc. with a ten foot pole. You don’t need sweeteners anyway!

  • The conclusion that you should cut back on artificial sweeteners just to be safe isn’t appealing when crave sweets but don’t want to resort to rotting your teeth, becoming obese and possibly diabetic. So far there’s no reason aspartame can directly influence weight gain.

  • I was happy to see a video on this topic! I don’t consume a lot of refined sugars or artificially sweetened things. I do eat fruit and foods with natural occurring sugar obviously. However, I use a touch of Monk Fruit sweetener that also contains erythritol in my coffee every morning. Obviously I was drawn to the claims of it. I haven’t noticed any changes in the way I feel. I also haven’t found my tolerance for sweetness has gone up. That could be because I just naturally crave salt over sugar, the amount I use, or maybe it’s because I still eat other things that have natural occurring sugar in them. With Stevia and other sweeteners like Splenda, I noticed a lot of stomach discomfort, headaches and foggy brain. Monk fruit is a winner for me. I just wish I knew more about it.

    I used to use pure maple syrup in my coffee. Not a lot, but I was using it every morning. I would be curious to hear the research comparing pure maple syrup, agave nectar, date syrups, etc. There’s a lot of conflicting evidence out there and you seem to be one of the only ones who actually fact checks things and has the appropriate credentials to be speaking on it.

  • Until they tell me that not cutting down on BOTH sugar and sweeteners causes a face-hugger to burst through my chest in 15 minutes, i think i’ll just take the hit in the health department.

  • You’re misrepresenting the data on many of these studies. For example here, overall caloric intake remained identical:

  • I dont know what the use of this…surely they can be bad and empty and everything but we have no alternative…on low carb you cant even eat fruit… are we gonna eliminate sweetness taste altogether

  • I never liked artificial sweeteners. It takes disgusting to me for some reason. I just use regular sugar in my coffee and honey in my tea. I don’t even like diet drinks but I don’t really drink sodas.

  • I don’t know… i’ve been drinking diet soda for years and it’s helped me maintain weight. I run marathons, so I do drink isotonic drinks (not artificially sweetened) during training days and race days. But, I find that too much diet soda makes me hungry, so I’m trying to cut back.

    Another unusual thing I notice about diet soda is that I get migraines if I drink too much, so i’m a bit worried if it might lead to neurological disorders in the future. It might be an individual thing though…

  • Artifical sweeteners are a major trigger for my migraines. I cannot have anyyy without getting a really bad one. Aspartame, sucralose, xylitol and sorbitol and the most common here in Australia I think that are the worst for me. I do have PCOS, hashimotos. nafld, blood pressure issues and really slight insulin resistance so I’m glad I can’t have these though.

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  • Thanks for this amazing vid! I thought it was by one of those TV doctors who’d tell people to “Yes, eat buckets of Stevia! Btw, buy it from me!” Dear people, this vid is the truth. Etrythritol is produced by a genetically engineered mutant yeast from corn starch which is processed from usually GMO corn! Wikipedia literally writes that. Stevia powder is usually no different, loads of chemicals and whatnot. If you were already eating a lot of sugar and got diabetes or gained weight in the end, of course changing your diet along with switching to these things would make you lose weight and have less blood sugar spikes. However, for a person who eats healthy amounts of sugar, it does confuse the body and might cause weight gain. The doc is onto something.

  • Reign is a newer energy drink that just came on the market. There was a deal where you could get a free can with a digital coupon so I decided to check it out. The drink was so repulsively sweet that I couldn’t handle it in its regular form. I tried cutting it with loads of water and it was still so bad. I’m not a health nut, just a regular guy who has the occasional Dr Pepper, so I don’t know why those reign drinks got me so bad. I would love to see an episode of you just demolishing all energy drinks, just for fun.

  • Already you have made a mistake. Stevia is natural, Stevia extract is naturally derived, but not good for you, Truvia et al, are compounds made with Stevia extract and other stuff. Can’t take you serious when you don’t know the very basics.

  • Obesity/weight gain (and all our other metabolic illnesses) is a hormone issue. The body is NOT confused. Consume a sweetener made from refined sugar cane and your insulin levels will spike. Consume a sweetner refined from Stevia leaves ( NO bulking agent), and it will not create any insulin response. Insulin resistance is the problem, and sucrose is as bad as it gets.

  • Ok MOST people eat these because it dosen’t raise blood sugar…. not because it’s less calories…. and refined stevia is 258 times sweeter that sugar? Lol… you Must have meant to say sweeter then the plant.

  • I have found monk fruit and Stevia have significantly reduced my blood sugar readings since adding them to my diet and eliminating sugar for almost a year now..

  • Not only do a lot of these hurt my stomach and give me brain fog, but they taste awful! I can’t deal with the aftertaste from them.

  • I just like the taste of diet sodas. Sometimes I drink diet sodas when I feel like I’ve consumed enough sugar for the day but I still consume sugar and I don’t use it as a substitute. My mom always yells at me for drinking Diet Coke saying it’ll give me cancer and that it will clog my stomach (which I guess she gets from the not being naturally divested part but that’s not how it works).

  • I have experienced a reduction in natural foods being sweet due to my artificial sweetener use. Splenda is addictive for me and I try to avoid it. The digestive issues are real. Swerve has the same effect on me. Thanks for this really great video.

  • As someone who lost 30lbs just from switching to these natural sweeteners. This info is a lie. Old text book stuff. Give one of those green apples to a diabetic and see what happens

  • Hi! May I please share your knowledge on artificial sweeteners on my channel Kamaria Speaks? I will give credit to your channel and make a note for people to subscribe,

  • Thumbs down on your video. 1) It took you 23 min to come up with the answer ‘no’. 2) The claim “[artificial sweetener] is x amount of times sweeter than sugar” is a lie. If that were true, Coke & Diet Coke would taste the same. A few times I’ve attended a party where the frosting on the cake did not have the sweetness I expected. So, I assumed artificial sweetener was used. Currently, I use part sugar & part aspartame because aspartame is twice as expensive as sugar (calories are minimized). Lastly, 3) You can drown in a glass of water, so water is dangerous too. Anything (carbon dioxide, oxygen, etc) is dangerous when consumed in excess…. You should do a video explaining whether or not iron cancels out antioxidants. But I don’t think I’ll be looking out for it, though.

  • I usually eat monk fruit sweetener most of the time and trying to avoid other type of sweeteners if possible especially white sugar of white death �� so called, or Splenda that destroys the gut bacteria, that would take at least 2 years to recover a good gut bacteria after taking Splenda sweetener. So I just stick to monk fruit and take my probiotics daily to keep the gut healthy at all possible times.

  • Weight gain isn’t caused by confusion, it is caused by calories in. If you eat a lot more of it because it tastes sweet then you get more calories and you gain weight. Confusion and disrupted taste buds don’t magically change the principles of thermodynamics. This is fake science at best and just wrong at worst.

  • i can confirm this, i drink monster energy sugar free and i am hungry much more often then when i do not. luckily i don’t drink it as a diet but instead i drink it because i get acne from regular sugar drinks. i also sometimes feel much weaker than normal after having on. i think thats my body wondering why theres no energy boost from the sugar. sounds extremely plausible

  • What about with something calorie dense like in a high fat keto dessert? Is that better or same problem because it’s fat rather than carbs?
    (Please only reply with knowledge rather than opinion)

  • 15:58 THIS IS SO TRUE; I AM HUMAN EVIDENCE. back then, I used to drink artificial sweetened coffee. I noticed that it tasted sweeter, but I did feel “satisfied” like I did with regular table sugar (sucrose). Thus, I added a TON of artificial sweeteners to feel satisfied. I would love more human research on this topic of artificial sugar satiety.

  • The only thing that counts is if the substance induces insulin, and this video avoided that topic completely. Calories are of no importance. It’s the insulin release, and that’s where weight gain happens (as well as hormone imbalances.)

  • One thing we know about sugar is that it rots the teeth, so probably rots other bones too. Next question, is the affects of artificial sweetners to overall health. The gut info was interesting. I read somewhere a long time ago that Stevia could cause serious health issues if consumed too much, but I can’t remember now all the specifics.

  • Sorbitol actually gives me severe migraines right after I consume it! I think it’s because I consumed a lot of Splenda from a young age and then overconsumed sorbitol from gum throughout high school. Almost always had a piece of gum in my mouth.

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  • Very enlightening. Blend your coffee with date or banana. I haven’t tried it but whoever has d courage should drop a line on their experience

  • I have a minor sweet tooth, but I only eat a little bit of sweets at a time. Sugar generally makes me feel sick, this includes soda which is one of my favorites. I know soda is bad for tooth enamel because of the acids, so I’ve taken to drinking lightly artificially sweetened seltzer water lately. With this change I have only noticed that I don’t have a sugar crash or any nausea/bloating. A win-win for me!

  • Artificial sweeteners have always made me feel really sickespecially stevia. The only one I can tolerate is monk fruit and I only have that every once in a blue moon. I prefer honey or just one pump of a syrup in my coffee for an occasional treat does the trick!

  • ar·ti·fi·cial
    made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, especially as a copy of something natural.
    Ok first off any of the sweeteners he mentioned are not man made, therefore they are not artificial lets get the definition correct; they are alternative sweeteners. Second the study that keeps getting quoted and spread around that alternative sweeteners cause weight gain is incorrect. The study tested artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal), sucralose (Splenda), acesulfame potassium, neotame, and saccharin (Sweet’N Low) in the absence of any caloric food. When have any of us consumed food with sweetener and no calories in the food? Maybe tea or coffee, or soda. But in reality most are using this to keep blood glucose down with diabetes or low carb diets and are making baked goods with almond flour, butter, etc… these all have calories. So why would the body not respond appropriately?

  • Erythritol does not cause any bloating and you seem to be describing other sugar alcohols like sorbitol and malithol.

  • I was adding just a little bit of artificial sweetener tea to my water. It made it a little sweet, but not by much. After awhile, my tastes for sweets was totally destroyed. I couldn’t eat fruit because they tasted sour to me. I started consuming a lot of candy which I had never done before. I have now gone to whole foods, sugar and oil free, and after months, I’m starting to get my tastes back, and I can now eat fruit. I still find myself craving sweets, but it’s getting less and less as time goes on. I honestly believe artificial sugars and sugars are bad for the body and mind.

  • Doctor u have lost ur marriage due to your opinion it was energy vampirism. Are You in new stable relationship based on Your current approach?

  • For some reason erythitol and stevia make me very tired, like I’m going to pass out for a few days and sensitive to light. It’s not like a typical allergic reaction… it sucks because it’s the only sweetener that doesn’t taste like shit.
    Does anyone else get these kind of reactions?
    Maybe I’ll try Splenda instead

  • I’ve always had issues with sweeteners. Aside from triggering IBS symptoms, certain sweeteners in sodas trigger migraines for me and everyone in my family

  • i gave up diet sodas after reading about the dangers of artificial sweeteners. Then after a month or so without diet soda, it was really hot and I was thirsty so I had one. First, I could taste the formaldehyde, which I never noticed before. That night my RLS went into overdrive. It felt like my legs were on fire. (I had the same reaction from MSG). They both are neuroexciters, so yeah, they are going to affect your brain. Now I take very cold sparkling mineral water, mix it with a little stevia and a splash of lemon juice to make a sparkling lemonade. It’s delicious and you won’t miss soda at all. Your outfit is gorgeous, btw.

  • I cut all types of sugary and sugar and I find that every thing I eat is too sweet for for me too. If I taste a piece of cake occasionally it’s just too sweet.

  • They should have already done all those studies twin and equal and saccharin have been out for decades not equal well it’s been out for about 50 years

  • I know this not make much sense but I used to drink a ton of diet pop and never had a problem, but recently ive been buying crystal light with caffeine and I put it in water. Then I ate a bunch of food and went to town on my favorite diet soda and I had a huge stomach ache. I have had 3 bad stomach aches since I switched over to the crystal light. So drinking the carbonated soda mixed with my crystal light gut and it is giving stomach aches. Also I purchased 50 dollars worth of chewing gum to attemp quitting smoking last year, I never swallow the gum but I think that is whats giving me the stomach aches as well. Plus I eat like a pig, love my pizza and stuff. My father drank diet soda his whole life though and he developed diabetes in his 60’s. Looks like I need to make some changes…

  • Artificial Sweeteners are Aspartame, Swerve, Splenda. Natural sweeteners are Stevia, Monk and Xylitol. Your video just groups them altogether and gives false generalizations for natural sweeteners.

  • Hello Dr Weiner. Very detailed info on these sweeteners. I have one question, how about date sugar? My husband is a diabetic (but not overweight, never was…strange?!?). He has a strong sweet tooth, so I am always coming up with treats for him but always used either date sugar, but mostly just plain Medjol dates. Your thoughts? Thank you. I just discovered you in this media and really enjoying all the info you provide.

  • He never really addressed the question of these sweeteners being artificial, just that they are empty calories (which is the whole point). Some of the commentators here suggest these sweeteners are artificial, since they are processed. But with that criteria, so are wheat flour, ground beef, tofu, yogurt, and a lot of other foods. The doctor’s assertion that these substances uncouple the sweet taste from nutrition is worth discussing, but if these sweeteners are being used to enhance the flavor of otherwise nutritious foods (like say yogurt, tea, or grapefruit), that critique really doesn’t apply. The value of these non-nutritive sweeteners is a more complex discussion than is presented here.

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  • Of course, one example doesn’t prove anything but personally, consuming significant amounts of sweeteners (e.g. from sweet beverages) always makes me hungry within less than an hour.

  • Thank you for this very informative video. I’m a bit confused about the stevia.
    I thought a while back I heard you mention Stevia on hayhouseradio as not beneficial for gut health? Here you mention it as a healthy alternative. Does this problem maybe not apply to all stevia? Or only the drops and is green stevia safe?

  • All the people bashing him have been using “stevia or such processed sweetners for many years”. He is just saying if you don’t want to consume sugar then avoid it completely don’t go finding it’s substitute or anything! He is a Doctor and someone who has knowledge and experience! People never change�� think before you talk..

  • Suggestion: Adopt a mentality of only consume drinks free from added sweetener (table sugar, cane sugar, high fructose corn syrup, stevia, artificial sugar replacement, etc); eat vegetable first before protein and carbs (example: a piece of chicken must be accompanied by a piece of vegetable before they are put in the mouth for eating); and avoid all foods that are meant to be sweet from the outset (sweets, chocolates, cakes, donuts, etc).

    Have personally lost three inches of waistline over a period of a month and three weeks, and continue to lose weight as of Feb 9, 2020.

  • The research simply says that if you eat alot of sugar substitutes then you will get used to sweets. Then, when presented with sweets you’ll tend to overeat them.

    If, however, you plan your carb intake, then none of this will apply to you, and there’s no downside to sugar substitutes.

  • could anyone direct me to if formaldehyde is created from when artificial sugar Acesulfame-K is left for a few days. I have noticed that it smells very strong of some type of paint thinners like acetone of some sort. I read that in Gulf war the Coke turned to formaldehyde under the tarps in the hot sun. So I am guessing similar mightt be occurring.I find this occurs in any juice concentrate that has Acesulfame-Kin it. Like Ribeana etc

  • I don’t have a big sweet tooth but I use artificial sweeteners to avoid the calories. This only applies to my coffee sweeteners (which I rarely use bc I enjoy it black now) and energy drinks (I’m in physical therapy school, leave me alone lol).

    I think the use of artificial sweeteners only affects people long-term if they use them in excess. If you’re drinking 5+ diet sodas/artificially sweetened foods a day, the sweeteners aren’t the problem… it’s the addiction to sweet flavors.

    When I WAS into sugary coffee, I slowly started incorporating black coffee to build my tolerance of it. Now that’s how I prefer it! I used to drink sodas occasionally, but I began drinking sparkling waters to give myself the carbonation kick and I love them now!

    I hope more strong evidence emerges on this topic, I am glad that you debunked some common misconceptions!

  • I personally get super nauseous with most substitute sugars, especially xylitol and erythritol. Stevia is the only one I can handle, but even then I sometimes it makes me sick.

  • I’ve tried to stay away from artificial sweeteners since the whole thing with it becoming common knowledge that aspartame is no good for you

    And even steer clear of foods that say diet on them because I don’t want to eat artificial sweeteners most of the foods most likely to have them

  • Between sugar and artificial sweetener, the sugar is worse. As a direct replacement to sugar in reasonable eating, switching has a significant impact. My weight is much more under control than when I had sugar in my life.

  • Hi Abbey! I’m an RD in Florida, absolutely love your channel. This was a fantastic video. I agree that we need more research on the topic, but I can share my anecdotal evidence as a dietitian who counsels primarily patients with diabetes. There is a HUGE difference in the difficulty of blood sugar management in people who consume aspartame/sucralose on a daily basis versus those who don’t. I have had so many patients come to me after years of routine diet sodas and “sugar free” everything and they’ll be eating literally zero carb diets and will still have blood sugars in the 200s. After a few months of cutting out artificial sweeteners their blood sugar becomes easier to control with much higher carb intake. It’s pretty amazing. It’s also downright scary how many foods contain artificial sweeteners these days. There are even tortillas and breads with sucralose.

  • IM on a diet… AND GUESS WHAT? I’m using all 3 sweeteners and losing weight… you just have to intermittent fast with ketogenic diet

  • He didn’t mention anything about insulin respones. They don’t spike your insulin. Which is why these sweeteners are good for weight loss.

  • Studies are flawed Average rats weigh 7 ounces, the average rats eats about 12-15 grams of food, so one ounce is 2.8 grams so a mouce essentially eats almost it’s entire body weight in food some days… People don’t!!!

  • Stevia, Monk Fruit and Swerve are not artificial!!!!!!!! Aspartame, Sucralose, Saccahrin and Acefulame K are chemicals! and dangerous to the human body! And I’ve had Xylitol and Erythritol many times and never had diarrhea, that’s only a few people with weak stomachs already. So that’s bullshit!

  • Artificial sweeteners are very dangerous, making people unwell but the people don’t know what is making them unwell. It’s a cheap option for companies to use and use different ways to hide what they are actually using.

  • I’ve experienced the opposite lol. I drink a lot of Diet Coke and I feel like regular sugar is sooooo sweet to me. I can’t drink regular soda it’s so sweet

  • wow this goon has no idea what he’s talking about.. take your own blood glucose level test after artificial sweeteners and there are no insulin spikes

  • You can’t gain weight from artificial sweeteners they do not have calories. You can’t defy the laws of thermodynamics. Maybe a side effect of consuming them is overconsumption of other foods but to say they cause weight gain is dishonest.

  • You know and provide all this information about artificial sweeteners, then slam Coach Greg for using them. Careful, your bias is showing.

  • One thing he forgot to mention is that eating fruit sugar is processed by a different pathway as other sugars and fructose (fruit sugar) is processed directly by the liver and more readily converted to fat. I have changed my diet to use monk fruit, stevia and erythritol and I have lost 40 pounds and fixed my type 2 diabetes. Studies linking weight gain to the use of these items don’t have much credibility with me when compared with my experience.

  • Wow! Not much science, more like LACK of SCIshow. Sugar did not “break’ anything. Sugar substitutes do NOT cause confusion, people choose not to stop eating, nothing to do with sweeteners, ugh! Take responsibility for your actions, don’t blame sweeteners and STOP EATING so damn much!

  • Honestly, I just want to know what sweetener is not bad for me and doesnt cause inflammation! I generally use honey but I’m trying to learn about the other sweeteners. I dont care about the calorie count at all.

  • I’ve read your body still reacts as though sugar has come into the body ie blood glucose levels go up, this is partly why diabetes happens more in people using sweeteners. Plus the cravings it creates and the potential over indulging even more than if you just had sugar (which you at least get energy for.) The cravings lead to over eating & overindulgence, as they can be as much as 200 times more sweet.

  • Whether you like it or not. THese types of zero calorie sweetners DO HAVE AN EFFECT.
    Even though everyone is different, people may feel hungrier from ingesting lots of these types of things. These taste receptors get tricked, like he said, which makes us feel hungrier! It makes me feel hungrier when i have 50-100 grams of monk fruit. I love to mix that amount with a shit ton of cocoa for a “low calorie sweet bomb”. This has ended with me wanting to eat 5000-7000 calories in one day.
    So if you dont want to fast for two days after the 6000 calorie cheat day, dont take a shit ton of these sweetners. (Note its easier for me to burn it off because i workout as well) But for longterm glucose metabolic health? HECK NO

  • I like monkfruit in small amounts I have IBS and easily get severe diarrhea from most of the sugars mentioned here -I hate this b/c I am insulin resistant and love sweet deserts which means I can’t have sugar period

  • I have found since switching to Diet Coke my level for sweetness has decreased. I can’t drink a regular sugary drinks and I’ve never been really into baked goods (once in a while I will have a craving but my usual sweet cravings is for pop).

  • I use erythritol and Stevia! When I was diagnosed with diabetes my blood sugar was 375! Now at 7 pm at night my glucose is in the 80’s! I eat low carb and my A1c is well under 5.0!! I went from being over 300 lbs to around 220lbs!

  • Some people, like myself, are extremely sensitive to artificial sweeteners. I have always been thin, underweight, so was drawn to them only out of curiosity, thinking that theoretically it would be a good alternative to having a sugary drink for the sake of my teeth, if I were out and about and not in a place where I wanted to go brush my teeth. When it was first introduced, I also thought Gatorade (which was artificially sweetened) would be a good electrolyte replacement for when I was exercising and sweating a lot. I bought it a few times, but hated it, and couldn’t really drink it.

    My reaction to drinking 2 oz. of an artificially sweetened diet drink is to get a slight headache (and I am not headache prone at all), constriction in my throat (which goes away after an hour), and a mood change to depressed and feeling of being very unwell which can last hours and into half of the day following. I am not prone to depression and so in the rare instances when I am depressed, it is alarming and unusual.

    The taste of artificial sweeteners rot in my mouth. I think it is possible that is a natural signal my body gives me that it is poison for me. I detect the sweetness fine, but the rest of the taste is rotten, horrible tasting, like how could people drink this stuff? Of course, it doesn’t taste that way to most people, or they’d be like me, unable to use it.

    I realized one day that if I brushed my teeth too much in one day, like four times, I would feel sick, and that it was from the artificial sweetener in the toothpaste, even though I rinse five times. I switched to using just a tiny amount of toothpaste and combining it with baking soda, and I’m okay with that.

    Starting in about 1960, my father was diagnosed with mild Type 2 diabetes, and he controlled it for the rest of his life with diet only, by avoiding sugars including fruit, and staying low in starches. But he struggled for his whole life with depression, and I wonder now if it’s possible it was because of the artificial sweetener he used in his coffee and other foods.

  • I am a sugarholic. I only use monk fruit and stevia and a bit of erythritol. The problem is I start having more and more…. and my cravimgs for a sweet taste and carbs increases more and more. So what I have to do is go cold turkey on anything sweet at all for a few days and then start back very slowly. I have to do this every several months. So no, they are not the greatest thing but I think genetically it is extremely difficult for some of us to give up sweetness.

  • Are there any bad effects from stevia or monk fruit? I hear aspartame causes release of insulin (Obesity Code). Insulin causes fat storage and weight gain. So does monk fruit do the same?

  • I use Truvia every single day of my life and I often wonder if I’m hurting myself in the long run. I don’t experience any gut discomfort whatsoever, so short term I have no issues. I guess time will tell, I feel like I’m my own guinea pig!

  • 3 Lovely little fact. Crimes were committed to put aspartame on the market, and they were not prosecuted because of statute of limitations. When your body metabolizes it, it splits into its three constituents. A neurotoxin, a carcinogen, and methanol. The body thinks that it is sugar and releases insulin.

    Drink up

  • This was so informative, thank you! I started using Swerve today, but it made me feel very sick almost immediately. I think I’ll just stop trying to create sugar alternatives at this point.

  • Dude slicing up your stomach isn’t natural either. You make no sense. How could someone who removes stomachs from humans for a living pretend he’s concerned about supporting nature’s process?