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Are artificial sweeteners safe? Are sugar free sweeteners harmful or helpful? According to most people, sugar is the enemy. Sugar has long been blamed for the obesity epidemic, making our kids hyper, falling asleep on the job and just about everything else that is cause for a health concern.

Artificial sweeteners do not affect blood sugar levels, but some foods containing artificial sweeteners can still affect blood sugar because. Artificial sweetener molecules are similar enough to sugar molecules to fit on the sweetness receptor. However, they are generally too different from sugar for. Newer sugar substitutes include sweeteners such as sugar alcohols (sorbitol, xylitol, and mannitol) and naturally derived sweeteners (stevia and agave syrup). All of these sweeteners appear to be safe when used in moderation, although larger amounts of sugar alcohols may cause bloating and stomach discomfort in some people.”.

For decades, food scientists have been developing alternatives to sugar, known as artificial sweeteners. Most of these sugar substitutes are produced chemically but are generally safe for consumption. The FDA has approved five artificial sweeteners: saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and sucralose.

Popular brands are Equal, Nutrasweet, Splenda, and Sweet’N Low. Pros: Because they’re sugar-free, they’re considered suitable for diabetes. And they don’t give you any empty calories because they are essentially calorie-free. Cons. Excessive amounts of added sugar can have harmful effects on your metabolism and overall health.

For this reason, many people turn to artificial sweeteners like sucralose. However, while. Artificial sweeteners include aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), sucralose (Splenda), neotame, acesulfame potassium (Sunett, Sweet One), saccharin (SugarTwin, Sweet’N Low), and advantame, all of which have been approved by the FDA as “generally safe”.

Another group of non – sugar sweeteners are the sugar alcohols. 5 popular sweeteners and their effects on your health. Sucralose (often sold as Splenda) | When combined with carbohydrates, sucralose has shown to raise your blood sugar, compared to those who only eat the carbohydrates.Even though there is no sugar in sucralose, it acts very similarly by causing peaks in insulin levels. Splenda is one of the best known artificial sweeteners. Its scientific name is sucralose.

Splenda Before diving into sugar versus sugar alternatives, it’s helpful to know what alternative.

List of related literature:

Sweeteners can be divided into two broad categories; natural sweeteners (sucrose, sorbitol, fructose, xylitol, and mannitol) and artificial sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin, sucralose).

“Excipient Applications in Formulation Design and Drug Delivery” by Ajit S Narang, Sai H S. Boddu
from Excipient Applications in Formulation Design and Drug Delivery
by Ajit S Narang, Sai H S. Boddu
Springer International Publishing, 2015

In comparison to aspartame, sucralose, and other artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols are relatively safe.

“The Coconut Ketogenic Diet: Supercharge Your Metabolism, Revitalize Thyroid Function, and Lose Excess Weight” by Bruce Fife
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by Bruce Fife
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There are five artificial sweeteners on the FDA’s “generally recognized as safe” list of additives: saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, and acesulfame potassium.

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While these artificial sweeteners may reduce the use of sugars, they have also been linked to adverse health problems such as cancer.

“The Basics of Chemistry” by Richard Myers
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by Richard Myers
Greenwood Press, 2003

The four FDA-approved nonnutritive sweeteners—aspartame, saccharin, acesulfame, and sucralose—are generally safe when consumed in recommended amounts established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (ADA, 2002).

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Nonnutritive sweeteners approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), such as saccharin, aspartame, and acesulfame K, are considered safe for consumption by individuals with diabetes.

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If the study finds no acute toxicity, then the sweetener is declared safe.

“The Stevia Deception: The Hidden Dangers of Low-Calorie Sweeteners” by Bruce Fife
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These artificial sweeteners may reduce the use of sugars, but they have also been linked to adverse health problems such as cancer.

“The 100 Most Important Chemical Compounds: A Reference Guide” by Richard L. Myers
from The 100 Most Important Chemical Compounds: A Reference Guide
by Richard L. Myers
Greenwood Press, 2007

Keep in mind that most “diet” or calorieor sugar-free products are likely to contain artificial sweeteners, such as sucralose or aspartame, or alternative sweeteners such as stevia, agave nectar, xylitol, or monk fruit sweetener.

“The Dubrow Diet: Interval Eating to Lose Weight and Feel Ageless” by Heather Dubrow, Terry Dubrow, MD, FACS
from The Dubrow Diet: Interval Eating to Lose Weight and Feel Ageless
by Heather Dubrow, Terry Dubrow, MD, FACS
Bird Street Books, 2018

Artificial sweeteners are made from sugar alcohols, or polyols (see page 18), such as erythritol, maltitol, sorbitol, xylitol, and numerous others, which are types of sweet carbohydrates found naturally in foods or processed from other sugars.

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  • It’s a shame that you’re opening the gate to artificial sweeteners. The path leads to diabetes, IBS, and Crohn’s disease. Check out long-term effects

  • It would be interesting to separate out these studies into government funded and private research to see if differences exist. Given the debacle of the “climate change” pseudo-science I suspect that we might find different results given different political agendas.

  • 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.

  • Thank you for making this. Alot of my family and friends (including myself) are always hearing horror stories of sweeteners from the internet. It’s a relief to hear from a doctor citing peer reviewed studies on the reality of these rumours. I’ve really appreciated these videos and thank you for making them.

  • Having people unwilling to cut sweet tastes and instead consume products with artificial sweeteners proves that sugar is one hell of a drug but nobody cares.
    Many can’t even have a coffe without sugar, or can’t live without soft drinks.

  • Regular sugar and regular soda is perfectly fine. I have drank and used it for years. I’m 45 and still the same weight 160 that I was when I was 18. Every dr visit blood pressure blood work all is normal.

  • Thank you for the video!
    I LOVE your academic content, I find it very inspiring.
    I would really like to see more scientific content in your instagram:)

  • I was once lectured by my friend’s wife about how diet soda was building formaldehyde in my brain and that it would kill me. Her source: a Netflix ‘documentary’. The topic in question is if artificial sweeteners are harmful, and according to science, the answer is no. The question is not whether we should drink water instead, of course that’s a better choice, but that is steering away from the topic. Dr. Carroll makes a point when mentioning methanol, that chemicals are in everything and that they are unavoidable. Unfortunately as he described several ‘arguments’ against diet soda, we can better see that there is a missing link between the general public and actual science. As always, we fall back onto the fact that there were some rats (who are prone to bladder cancer) that developed bladder cancer during a study where they were ingesting very large amounts of artificial sweetener. Even if this is causation and not correlation, the study could not be replicated in monkeys (within reason) and has continuously not shown evidence of being the case in humans. There was one very clear message in this video, and that involved the overdose of sugar induced caloric intake with regular soda, and that this can be alleviated when a diet soda replaces that beverage. There is an epidemic of obesity in America, and obesity does not just mean someone is fat, it means possible diabetes, heart disease, decreased mobility, and a laundry list of other secondary effects. By arguing that artificial sweeteners are harmful when the science says otherwise, is not only annoying those who know better, however it could be harming those who are not afraid to switch. The media hysteria that is becoming all too prevalent in the world is partially to blame; although this firestorm is only facilitated by the lack of scientific knowledge in the vast majority of the general public to whom they preach.

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/29722834/

    @SciShow
    You might find this really interesting also, even though it doesn’t explain the overall impact of Ace-K on people life.

  • 0:32 Well… I thought the appetite is directly affected by our insulin response? Which these sweeteners don’t give compared to normal sugar. Can someone explain this to me more clearly?

  • The studies I’ve seen show them to mess with metabolism and gut flora, but not increase appetite or mess with blood glucose/insulin.

  • 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.

  • Stevia is not an artificial sweetener and scientific studies show that has no effect on blood sugar and no side effects. it does take some creative abilities to use it in baking and it’s taste is something you have to get used to

  • 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).

  • Sweeteners = slow kill, also too much caffiene causes dehydration and strain your kidneys wake up people your governments lie….ps look at propaganda globe earth on that TV lol.. this pretty face/shill is there to brainwash you…. No artificial sweeteners are safe

  • My dentist will hate me for this, but, I don’t like diet drinks and I just have a smaller amount of full sugar drinks. I, personally, think the evidence on sweeteners is inconclusive and I noticed when switching to sweetened versions that my gas smells different. As my diet is quite consistent it was likely the sweeteners. I’ve tested this a couple of times. We’ve studied sugar for many many years and we know it really well as a substance. I trust sugar!

  • 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.

  • Wait, doesn’t normal sugar also send the same message? How would using real sugar make you eat less of it? What a crappy argument.

  • artificial sweeteners are very safe for consumption, in that they will not harm you in any substantial way. what I’ve found to be more important is determining how your insulin response functions toward artificial sweeteners. if you don’t have a particularly strong response to artificial sweeteners, then feel free to consume as you like. It probably won’t cause you any problems and it may help you control your weight if you maintain an otherwise healthy diet. I have a particularly strong response to artificial sweeteners and can taste artificial sweeteners, non-caloric sweeteners, and sugar alcohols. Artificial sweeteners will also give me headaches, even when I an not initially aware of my consumption of artificial sweeteners. I can get away with consuming them if it is done following the consumption of a relatively large amount of carbohydrates.

  • 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.

  • John Green Executive Producer

    Stan Muller Director, Producer

    Aaron Carroll Writer

    Mark Olsen Graphics This video was professionally produced, I am curious who financed the project??

  • Instead of ARTIFICIAL sweeteners, JUST USE LESS SUGAR! It can be done, if the change is gradual enough. Over a 6 month span we went from 2 cups per gallon of sweet tea to 1/2. For convenience, I eyeball an 1/8 cup instead of measuring. 1 7/8, 1 3/4, 1 5/8, 1 1/2 all the way to 1/2.

    “but I LIKE sweet tea!”: I’m not suggesting you drink anything you don’t like. By dropping it only by an 1/8 cup every 2 weeks the change will be so gradual that you wil barely notice.

    “What about restaurants?”: Order 50/50 blend of sweet & unsweet.

    BONUS: WE ARE NOT HEALTH NUTS! The ONLY reason we cut the sugar, is because sweet drinks makes your mouth all gummy in the summer, thus making the reduced blend more refreshing. We did it slowly because we LIKED sweet tea as well, and didn’t want to drink nasty tea.

    “I don’t like tea”: Although not tried, I’m guessing this technique would work with kool-aid as well.

    “I’m diabetic.”: At a 1/2 cup to 1 gallon ratio this LOW sugar blend should be more tolerant. I am not sure how to do the weaning process. I guess you would need to slowly cut back on sweetener overtime until you are ready to switch to the 1/2 cup blend.

  • 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.

  • Could you do a video on sugar alcohols? I recently read a couple of places that they can increase loose stool, especially in those with preexisting intestinal problems like IBD and IBS, but their references didn’t seem all that great, and I’d like to know more about whether is does or not, as I fall into the preexisting category. There seems to be a correlation between them and my loose stools, looking at my trigger foods, but obviously the issue of confirmation bias and other contributors make it hard for me to figure it all out and if it really is a causal factor.

  • I am not sure if you are aware of this but one of the commercials put before this video was talking about the “unnatural chemicals” being put into food (like artificial sweeteners) during food processing. They then talked about how their “natural” products are better. This is different message than the one you talked about in this video. Little wonder there is confusion about what to believe in Nutritional Science. I feel the advertiser debased what you were trying to say by framing its ideas in the minds of the viewers first before your video played.

  • Diet soda was initially thought of as a way to help combat the obesity epidemic in the United States. Of course after some studies found a link between artificial sweeteners and an increase in bladder cancer in rats, media headlines promoted this idea to the public. Since that time it seems that everywhere you look someone is trying to make a point about the dangers of diet sodas. Listening to this video really brought to light the actual factual evidence that does not support this idea. For one, I thought it was very interesting that Vitamin C in large quantities could also be found to cause bladder cancer in rats. Further discussion also shows that this research cannot be replicated in humans, and thus far there has been no link between an increase in cancer and artificial sweeteners. Apparently some people have commented on the fact that there is methanol in diet soda as well, but he makes a great point that there is more methanol in fruits and vegetables in diet soda. He concludes with a powerful statement about the abundance of evidence that points to an increased intake of sugar in the diet leading to health problems, but a lack of evidence that artificial sweeteners are doing the same. Even though he makes listeners aware that he is not promoting diet drinks as a “diet tool”, it was important to make note that the weight gain associated with diet drinks is often the fault of the behaviors of those that are consuming them.

  • 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.

  • 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….

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Apparently aspartame in artificial sweeteners interferes with insulin & leptin production which is responsible for body fat metabolism in the body.

    I’ve been trying to find out why I can’t seem to get under 120 kilograms of body weight, despite weighing 140 kilograms before & losing 20 kilograms by replacing sugar based foods & beverages with aspartame based products, I’m trying to get down to my ideal weight of 90 kilograms.

    I believe that aspartame based sweeteners have been causing that so I’m looking to buy a sucralose based sweetener next time such as this one for example: https://www.splenda.com.au/products/sachets?gclid=CjwKCAiAoNTUBRBUEiwAWje2lk0W4BLz6Ta19LUPve_Bm9A5x4XmPjDr9OCOjRtrKPS8lwEdrdy9JhoCdxAQAvD_BwE#open-menu

  • This seems overly personal and biased-especially the weird rant about micromanaging your own family’s diet. Whatever a doctor is willing to do to their children does not count as scientific evidence. There is, however, a scientific study that showed that rats that consumed artificially sweetened yogurt ate more total calories than rats that ate sugar-sweetened yogurt, and also studies that concluded that sweet tastes cause the pancreas to release more insulin. I really don’t understand why physicians in particular can’t seen to grasp the idea that hormones affect behavior-All hormones-even those released in the pancreas! It’s like saying sex hormones couldn’t possibly affect behavior because they are released by the gonads and not the brain. LOL This was a weird one

  • My blood sugar is 250. I am a diabetic, can not have white sugar, it could damage my health. Now another group of people say we should ban all artificial sweeteners because I say so. They keep misquoting the same studies they misquoted years ago but since I’m now misquoting the studies what I say is true. You know what, if you fed a lab rat as much sugar as they fed them artificial sweeteners in these studies you know what would happen? They end up diabetic and have to eat aspartame to help control their blood sugar like the rest of us. If the product isn’t meant for you just ignore it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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…

  • 1:31 No artificial sweeteners won’t make you lose weight. But lowering sugar consumption does. Therefore going from a lot of sugars to a lot of sweeteners and little sugar will make you lose a lot of weight.

  • I have always craved sweet stuff so i try to reduce sugar intake as much as possible and i do replace it with various artificial sweeteners. I am aware of the possibility that the brain gets weird signals from not getting sugar energy with the sweeteners so i often try to consume sweeteners with something that provides energy. That way there is some energy boost to go along with the sweetness.

  • A good question would also be: Are there any artificial sweeteners that DON’T TASTE FREAKING WEIRD? I’d be more willing to try diet stuff occasionally if it didn’t have gross chemical aftertaste. It’s like the uncanny valley of the sense of taste. (Something nice and normal but when you come closer OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT?!) Eww.

  • ASPERTAME = Neurotoxin.
    I was just going to breeze by and go back to mini meat Jeffs videos but then you went with the great for children to end the segment.

    You really have been in a lot of schooling read indoctrination haven’t you.
    For an Internet personality I would assume that you source information from the intuitive groups around you, or those with issues (from industrial food stuffs smh) that would give them a perspective on these chemicals?
    What do Crohn’s disease, gluten intolerants, and any number of people with food allergies say?
    What do people in and around the myriad of different health movements say?
    I could point you to about 100 better sources than the big University totally financially tied up with big business based literature that you just espoused.
    What would really anyone with a modicum of mind body connection or kinesthetic sense say… Certainly not the corporate line like Suzy school girl.

    Aspartame is a neurotoxin.

    You just breezed over the actual controversy and set of issues associated with it.
    The link between big business, Ag, food, science, food science, nutrition, health, health literature is well documented.

    This is an airhead take.

    When you get into acceptable levels you should think about Rachael Carson Silent Spring written 60 years ago.
    It explains how there is no such thing as a herbicide.. it is a biocide.
    This packet of chemistry doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t hurt you in the same way it hurts a bug but it hurts you in a chronic, homeopathic, trace amount way.
    The analogy is plain.
    The companies write this literature.

    My high school girlfriend became a Dentist.. her name was Stephanie, and no.. I don’t think the however many years of school un airheaded her.
    To the contrary.
    Only a real intellect, and self individualized person can suffer the indoctrination and come out the other side a free thinking, humanity serving physician.
    Think Patch Adams.

    The line between pharma sales chick and doc babe is getting mighty thin lass.

    Please reconsider the spectrum of sourcing on this info.
    This isn’t muscle meat head glute fiber science based.
    I know your trying to do a thing here… like Bro Jeff,
    when you start saying that Aspartame is great for kids
    Doing wayyy to much.

  • regular sugar is not good for the body because they use a bleaching process to make it white and sugar does have small amounts of bleach in it,…its best to use honey or agave regular sugar also feeds cancer cells to grow as well,..

  • Today I Found Out please delete or redo this video you. As an engineer/scientists I find it appalling how videos of such incredibly harmful misinformation get spread. Aspartame is extreme dangerous and it’s rise to acceptance is a terrifying example of the high level corruption that happens in a capitalistic country. Any study you read that ignores or downplays the effects of aspartame are likely sponsored by the very company that has the most to gain from its use. Almost every truly independent study reveals multiple significant side effects.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • What about sucralose? There’s a hypothesis that Sucralose alters indigenous bacterial balance in the GIT.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3856475/#R3

  • I loved this video!
    one thing i was very expecting in this video but didn’t see you tuch unfortently was the assumption that many people get digestive issues from artifical sweetners? would love to hear your opinion on that.
    I know it’s an old video but i still hope youll read this. and I really edmier you for going all in and sharing, vournbilty is much more unique and needed in social media than a lot of other shitty content out there.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ok i have some questions. Did those rats eats a normal diet with occasional sweeteners or just a massive diet of sweeteners? Which isn’t that realistic

    As humans we have more “free will” than rats. We can control our behavior. So if I occasionally drink soda, is it better to drink one with sugar or sweeteners? It’s not like if I crave soda and buy a can of diet soda, but then drink 6 of them because I can’t stop. So if I drink one regular soda i will be satisfied and not drink more? Empirically I don’t behave like that. I don’t drink more soda if it’s diet, I drink the same amount of it were regular. So pound for pound, sweeteners still seem better.

  • 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’m pretty sure the sugar substitute in Diet Coke gives me insomnia. And, no, it’s not the caffeine. I’m super sensitive to caffeine, so I know my limits in that regard. Diet Coke affects my sleep worse than a normal Coke drunk at the same time of day. But it’s hard to find literature or articles on this, so I wonder…. Anyone know anything about this?

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

  • New here. Loving your channel. Please do a video on IBD, Chrons and ulcerative colitis. You touched on FODMAPs in this video but I would love to hear more about how to better manage bowel disease through diet

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

  • You’re misrepresenting the data on many of these studies. For example here, overall caloric intake remained identical: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161213113240.htm

  • I like all these people pushing Stevia so hard (don’t get me wrong, I like it too) when not much is known about it yet. Where as Aspartame seems to more thoroughly studied and it seems like there isn’t solid evidence against it yet.

  • I have nothing against you, but if anyone wants links to videos providing research and actual citations with respect to artificial sweeteners, rather than just being told about them—please see the following:

    http://nutritionfacts.org/video/aspartame-and-the-brain/

    http://nutritionfacts.org/video/aspartame-induced-fibromyalgia/

    http://nutritionfacts.org/video/effect-of-sucralose-splenda-on-the-microbiome/

    Only analyzing one route of adverse effects (e.g. cancer) is either disingenuous or ignorantly erroneous when considering the complexity of human physiology, especially when one looks at epigenetics and the influence on gut flora (especially considering aspartame is converted into formaldehyde during metabolism).

  • 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!

  • 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 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • still, i would recommend things like Stevia. This only because the sweetness profile of most other sweeteners just lasts too long.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nothing is dangerous to you. Because you get the info from the source. The makers will not admit what they are selling you is bad.

  • Laci u r really really very sweet. I would be more happy if u slow down a liiiiittle bit. May be 10% slower would help me significantly.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • I really enjoyed this video. As i made my coffee this morning and put 2 packets of artificial sweeteners in it i did not even think twice. We’ve always heard our friends or family shoot down artificial sweetener or even diet pop saying ” if you drink that you’re gonna get cancer.” But, in fact the research proves that there is no link between cancer and artificial sweeteners. Another thing I enjoyed about this video is how he disclaims any use of research on rats. I feel the same way rats are always getting cancer no matter what they are given. His point on how rats can get cancer even when given vitamin C. Why isn’t that published if they see cancer in rats with vitamin C and we take vitamin C? Until there is concrete research showing a correlation between artificial sweeteners and cancer their should not be skepticism, people are usually to quickly to believe someone rather than finding out for them self.

  • 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 can’t stand the taste of most artificial sweeteners. I’ll stick to sugar. Actually, I prefer salty and don’t consume a lot of sugar anyway, so that’s probably why I don’t like them.

  • 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 http://www.ajc.com. 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’m kinda curious as to what you think about the effects on gut microbiome is it significant enough for us to worry about? Thanks:) this video was very helpful

  • Can you or anyone discuss the recently published article discussing the association between artificial sweeteners and dementia? Is concerning since we’ve learned that they are safe.

  • 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

  • you should remake this video with updated information. “CSPI Downgrades Sucralose from “Caution” to “Avoid”” The link is below,

    https://cspinet.org/new/201602081.html

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • It just takes self control. Artificial sweeteners may cause sweetness addiction but it takes self control. I am a 14 year old who has been having a very very low amount of added sugar since New Years. I use fake sugars like aspartame and sucralose and stevia. I have learned self control. Those packets that are red, blue, or yellow still contain one net carb because they contain dextrose (an anticaking agent) that does cause a minor spike in insulin. They still are better though than sugar because we need way less due to the fact of them being sweeter than sucrose (table sugar).

  • 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.

  • Currently prepping for a competition and have prepped multiple times indulging in artificial sweeteners when I have a craving (for me means that women thing that happens once a month lol) and I never gained weight, I was always in a caloric deficit obviously when prepping and I neither retained water nor gained weight with artificial. Everything in moderation and a balanced diet is the key to success people! Great job steph! I really liked this video… don’t believe everything you hear on the news people! Do your scientific research I.e. peer based review and scientific journal sources ��

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • I love how people go by the word of the study, yea i rather go with my bodies sense of whats good and bad for it. If you want to live longer and healthier then avoid artificial food and stop over feeding your selves.

  • 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

  • I know this is an older vid of yours but I really appreciate it. This eases my anxiety about having a reasonable amount of artificial sweeteners. I really enjoy having a can of fruity sparkling water a sugar-free jello cup everyday.

  • 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!

  • omg. your hilarious! lol I love your videos because I can count on your content being objective and science-based but also really freaking funny!

  • why desiring for sweeter taste is a problem when there are 0 calorie sweeteners? by the way, you should avoid fruit as much as you avoid sugar, fructose is even worse than saccharose. some people don’t care about their health and they have eaten as much sugar as they wanted all their lives and they haven’t become sugar freaks. I think isomalt is the best sweetener it’s cheap and tastes just like sugar I have been eating it for a few months and didn’t see any increase in my appetite

  • Do artificial sweeteners still trigger an insulin spike that can lead to metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes?

    Making a risk comparison between regular and artificially sweetened sodas ignores healthy unsweetened options.

  • Artificial sweeteners hijack your brain and disregulate your dopamine receptors so that over the years you start eating exclusively for pleasure rather than for nutrition. I fell victim to this. 5 years ago, I started by drinking 1 can of Diet Coke a day. A few years later, I was obese, drinking entire bottles of it like it was nothing on a daily basis, not because I wanted it, but because I was treating it as a stimulant and loved the high that I got from it. I stopped drinking it, a year later I lost hella weight. I don’t understand how a dose dependent response is weak evidence. How much stronger evidence can you possibly find in a nutrition study

  • If you understand that health is closely related to evolution, you should understand that putting things in your body that don’t naturally occur in nature is not a good idea.
    For hundreds of thousands of years, humans only ate meats, vegetables, fruits and the like. Then about 10,000 years ago we started farming and eating grains and breads.
    Then in the last century, humans started synthesizing foods that don’t occur in nature.
    These foods include trans fats, vegetable oils, and yes, artificial sweeteners.
    What do you thing the human body is going to do with a substance ingested that it does not recognize?
    I contend that cancer is probably caused by ingesting substances that don’t occur in nature, and artificial sweeteners are non natural chemicals.
    Now I doubt small amounts of non natural foods probably won’t hurt, but if you are anything like my brother, who is addicted to diet coke, you might get cancer, you might not, but eating synthetic foods is not compatible with evolution.
    I don’t think it is good for your health.
    Let’s get this straight…artificial sweeteners are not food.
    They are man-made chemicals.
    Humans are not designed to eat man-made chemicals. This is a fact.

  • LOL every single video on this channel is a joke. There have been more complaints put into the FDA about aspartame than EVERY OTHER FOOD AND DRUG COMBINED!!!  This video was brought to you by a complete idiot.

  • By the way most Lab Rats only live about 2 years 1 and 1/2 years is quite a long time in fact many times Lab Rats will only be used for about a year. In the wild they only live a year. Many are produced to feed reptiles for the pet community. Many more are ill treated as pets and probably don’t live a full year. Though there are a good number that are growing that are getting very good care and some living as long as four and five years. Though it’s very hard and very unusual to get that age!

  • 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.

  • I know this is a fake new site… http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/20/health/diet-sodas-stroke-dementia-study/index.html Seems there’s at least correlation between daily artificially sweet drink consumption and stroke/dementia. Will be interested to see if other studies and can confirm this or not.

  • I’ve shared this video with so many friends over the past few years. Every time someone posts one of those fear-mongering “Aspartame is poison” articles, I politely stick this in their FB comments as a counterpoint:-). Thanks for helping me correct misinformation!

  • 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 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.

  • 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

  • This was one of our lectures in a healthy aging course that I took last semester. Now while I am open to the topic of using artificial sweeteners I found it difficult to agree with some of studies. First of all I find it hard fathom the thought of consuming coal tar (saccharine) to slim down my waistline, but if that suit your fancy go for it. Another thing that we talked about in our lecture was the fact that the substitute sweetener packets say “two times sweeter than sugar.” My thought on this is that it would increase the bad habits of those consuming those products. As mentioned in the video it is up to the person to regulate their own habits when concerning their diet, but there is some truth to wanting more sugar. This could be part of the reason that many who use artificial sweetener are gaining weight. Furthermore it is important to look into who is doing the research and who is paying for them.

  • There is another dark side to artificial sweeteners. A small percentage of people are hypersensitive or allergic to them. I am one of those people. Since I have never been overweight in my life, and hated the vile, rotten taste of anything with saccharin in it, I didn’t grasp how sensitive I was. I mostly avoided drinks with it, except one time recently, after retiring. It was then I discovered I am sensitive to the amounts of sodium saccharin commonly found in things like toothpaste. It is also used in some mouthwash, although I don’t usually use mouthwash. I remember years ago trying a plaque-reducing rinse that worked very well but I could not use it because I felt so sick from it. More recently, I had switched to a new toothpaste that was much sweeter, and evidentially loaded with saccharin compared to what I was using before. It made my throat close up slightly. And when I brush my teeth, I rinse copiously.

    It was an incident a few months before that made me consider my sensitivity to artificial sweeteners again to even make the connection between toothpaste and the feeling in my throat. By mistake, I got artificially sweetened lemonade from a spout in a restaurant and felt really sick after drinking an ounce of it, although I could tell right away it was artificially sweetened. My throat started closing up very quickly. I knew it was artificially sweetened but thought I’d be okay drinking only an ounce. It also changed my mood in a way that shocked me. I felt a sudden and severe depression, which is very rare for me as I am at the other end of the scale, usually content. It lifted by the next day and I felt normal and well.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if a portion, maybe 1%, of people with clinical depression are that way because of drinking artificial sweeteners.

  • Aspartame manufacturer Searle manufactured their testing data when filing with the FDA. It was so bad the US Attorney started an investigation of Searle. Six months into the investigation the same US attorney was hired by Searle.

    Searle then hired a congressman and hired former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld to be its CEO. The statute of limitations expired on the investigation and, despite increasing support by independent studies that aspartame was a poison, the Reagan administration approved use of aspartame in dry foods.

    Methanol is poisonous. The foods that contain methanol also contain ethanol which counteracts the harmful properties.
    Phenylalanine accumulates in the brain and leads to depressed levels of seratonin.
    Etc etc etc.

    Basically every “scientific” organization that has written in support of the safety of artificial sweeteners is funded by Monsanto.

    Videos like yours With your cheery smile are dangerous.

  • With people asking about harmful effects. As she noted, the normal amounts are way below anything to cause problems. Meta analysis has been done also to show they are safe. In order for one of these like aspartame to say cause cancer as people say it does.. someone would have to drink, I believe it was like 30 cans of diet soda (could have been more) a day, everyday, for years. I personally drink soda max once a day, but usually way less than that, sometimes never. I was told by my mom it can cause cancer (as can basically everything at certain levels) but then seeing more research and actually understanding this, and even from a dietitian. I know natural is healthier (and honestly I have seen something showing maybe organic food has mutagens so bugs done eat it and those mutagens can cause cancer) but if I am trying to lose some weight, switching out these wont kill you.

    As for the taste, you have to find which tastes fine to you. Personally I like coke zero. Aspartame and Sucralose are ones that taste least bad to me. I can’t touch stevia, such a bad aftertaste, as well as sugar alcohols can cause diarrhea in certain people (they don’t effect me). So people just need to try things for themselves.

  • I always check the label. If it contains Aspartame, it’s going back on the shelf. It’s even found in some crisps (Potato chips) too.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Hi, Dr. Aaron CarrollI would love it if you did a video sometime on food intolerance. For me personally, I have a food intolerance towards every no-calorie sweetener I have tried. I get headaches from them, which eventually turns into a migraine if I don’t take any pain killers (after about 4-12 hours or so depending on dosage).

    My backstory on this: I never had the problem until I was about 27 or so, and it was intermittent headaches at first for a couple years (meaning I didn’t always have a reaction when I ingested no calorie sweeteners), and I didn’t know exactly what was causing them. Eventually it became every time I had diet soda, or anything with sacharine, aspartame, stevia or sucralose. Like, 100% of the time, even tho it wasn’t like that at first. I could typically feel a sort of “tightening”within about two minutes of ingesting even about a cup worth of diet sodain my temples. I’ve ruled out entirely some sort of psychosomatic or placebo reaction, it happens whether I know there’s artificial sweetener in the food or noton countless occasions after I’ve gotten a headache then looked up the ingredients of something to find that it had sucralose in it (I also don’t have anything against artificial sweeteners). It’s something my grandma had too, apparently she would get headaches from diet coke. My dad is a (retired, recently) ER doctor, and if I recall he was fairly certain that it’s a food intolerance (on a side note, you must be a pretty good doctor! watching your video was almost spookily verbatim the listening end of conversations I’ve had with my dad) and said it had something to do with my enzymes being stupid jerks, if I recall.

    I obviously can (and do) research this on my own, but I like your videos a lot!

    Side note to potential commenters: Feel free to refrain from nasty or accusatory comments. I’m not some hippy on a crusade against “unnatural” this or thatBut I know when my head hurts; you telling me why It’s not the way I say it is and can’t possibly be artificial sweeteners at fault does not change that I am me, and I have lived with this for about 7 years now, and have deduced all this with basic pattern recognition skillsIt’s undoubtedly artificial sweeteners (or natural no-calorie sweeteners). Comments involving facts or educated reasoning are welcomenay, encouraged.

  • Very well done and informative video! Really appreciate all the research you did to create this. Plus I gotta say, your one smart cookie:)

  • It would be helpful if you did updates to the research on this topic annually. I heard that artificial sweeteners can cause metabolic syndrome, which I have. So I stopped all soda and now am trying to remove them from my morning tea. I can do without it in ice tea but my morning hot tea is so difficult. It would be great to know if it is really a high risk and necessary to do or not. Updates on it as a carcinogen would be helpful too.

  • Artifical sweeteners cause release of Insulin just like sugar, however as that Insulin isn’t used up to regulate blood sugar (because there isn’t any) this increases Insulin resistance over time. Enjoy your diabeetuz

  • I’m just wondering if Sucralose is processed the same in my body as sugar. Theses drinks have it but no sugar and am wondering if I should still drink it

  • “People are suspicious of chemicals.” EVERYTHING is made of chemicals. There is not a single concrete thing, except vacuum, that is not made of chemicals.

  • Great vid again! Is there a reason you won’t give your kids “caffeine-sodas”? Hyperactivity maybe? In another video “Coffee! It’s Not Bad for You, and It might Even be Good!” you say caffeine is not bad (I don’t remember if for kids)

  • I started drinking Coke Zero rather than regular coke (I rarely drink it anyway) and I found that it has a better taste than regular coke and it doesn’t give me horrible headaches! I think these headaches are because of the rush of sugar from the beverage.

  • Are artificial sweeteners harmful? No. They don’t cause cancer, or any other issues. That being said, they’re not healthy, but neither is consuming large amounts of sugar. It’s absolutely astonishing how stories without evidence to back it up, spreads like wildfire due to the media and social outlets. Humans are not rats, and we will not react the same way they do when being tested for something. It’s one of the major flaws of how our research is conducted, but it’s completely unethical to test on humans in the early stages of any research. Anyways, just because a rat that’s predisposed to bladder cancer just happens to get it after consuming aspartame, or any artificial sweetener, does not mean it was the cause of the cancer. And it certainly does not mean humans will develop cancer from consuming the same artificial sweeteners. If you want to be healthy, focus on the right things to eat, and then you shouldn’t be worried about artificial sweeteners anyway.

  • 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!)

  • 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.

  • Are there any RCTs on aspertaine and ibs or nausea? I’ve always gotten a very upset tummy from diet soda and so do my kids and my mother.

  • The problem I have with artificial sweeteners is that they’re not natural. Your body isn’t meant to consume the chemicals used to make the sweeteners. Aspartame and Sucralose are the worst. They most likely aren’t going to cause cancer or any other fatal illness, (I’ll agree, people over exaggerate on that one) but they will cause weight gain. Your body doesn’t understand what you’re putting into it, therefore it will store it as fat because it thinks “you may need it later”, or if you don’t exercise/ burn off the calories. With cane sugar, it is very sweet because it’s PURE, but your body recognizes it and is more likely to burn it off rather than store it as fat. I’m not saying that it won’t cause you to gain weight, because it definitely will. To much of anything will cause weight gain. However, a major contribution to the obesity epidemic right now is people being brainwashed with the “fat free will not make me get fat”. That’s not true at all. Since the companies are taking all of the fat out of the product, they still have to make it taste good. So guess what! They add sugar! Sugar is more likely to cause weight gain than fat. The FDA and food companies could care less about your health, they just care about making money. (Think about it; why are the FDA working together if they are separate things? The Drug Department of the FDA makes money off of sick people, so the food department will distribute the fat free and processed foods to kind of “make people gain weight/ get sick”. Then they’ll go buy medicine and drugs to lose weight and get better) Now I know I’m probably going to get a lot of replies telling me off on this, but I don’t want to argue; just remember, everything in moderation.

  • 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!!!

  • It amazes me how almost anything that comes out now is criticized by the U.S. as being bad for you because some random journal or study suddenly came out saying it was. People need to be informed that some of these studies are complete crap and you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet or see on television unless its by a valid source.  Artificial sweeteners where never proven bad for you the studies show it has never caused any certain kinds of cancers though I am kind of afraid of there findings from when they tested the chimps because they are closer to us in relatives and cancers that might be common to them might be common to us. So it could possibly point out that artificial sweeteners do cause some harm, but I guess that was proven wrong. But its things like this that make people afraid of certain things then scientists spend money doing these studies to prove there is nothing wrong, when that money could be used to do more important tests and studies.

  • I appreciate when you and Jeff do these analytical breakdown videos. I wish there was more content like this available on youtube. Not everything you guys do is relevant to me, but the ones that are have been fantastic resources for information.

  • Switching to diet soda helped me lose a lot of weight, but my anti-gmo all-organic sister told me I’d get tumors from the aspartame. Then I remembered healthcare triage and looked to see if you’d done a video on this. You guys never disappoint.

  • 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…

  • Steph, you are the best!!!! I wish all social media influencers were like you, science based and worried about providing the best content. Congrats from a food scientist! <3

  • Somethings I am curious about while watching this video were the test groups between the monkeys and rats! Are monkeys and rats digestive and immune system on par of that with a human being and could testing these on humans lead to no advancements on artificial sweeteners? Also I am curios about the vast majority of different and highly complex artificial sweeteners that were not talked about in this video? Lastly, Is cancer the only thing that can be obtained through artificial sweeteners or can they also lead to increase blood pressure and volume? Yet, overall the facts brought up were interesting and could be perceived as an answer to the many problems that could be brought on by artificial sweeteners. Never the less Cancer is one of the largest and most erratic problems we face in today’s health care world. So starting off from here may lead a serious of events to gather new information.

  • Its adequate to say sweeteners are chemical materials, if you are consuming then there should be consequences and unknown interactions inside your body!

  • 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 http://www.ajc.com. 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’m so glad that I found Stephanie’s channel. I’m actually learning something from her videos. She makes complex topics so fun and easy to understand:)

  • One of the most popular sweeteners being used by bodybuilders I know is Sugar Twin. I’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned. Great video though!

  • I am glad that this video is discussing the safety of artificial sweeteners and in particular talks about aspartame. I completely agree with him about how once a myth is out their and the media has a frenzy with it, it becomes extremely difficult to debunk a myth. Today I often here people who say they no longer drink diet sodas because of the aspartame and how it “causes cancer”. I appreciate how this video goes into detail to show how that link and connection between the two is just not true. More people need to be educated on this topic about these artificial sweeteners and learn not to believe everything that is in the media.

  • Need an update for Stevia!  It’s really a plant that grows similar to mint, which I grew in my backyard (Colorado annual).  The leaves are super sweet.  The leaves dried and ground to a powder work great for my coffee (I add it with the coffee in the filter).  And the dried leaves are green like the brand color.

  • 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.

  • Great video. I always thought aspartame caused you to gain weight by stoping your fat burning hormones. Gonna have to look more into this now.

  • 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.

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  • what you guys have to understand is that not harmful doesn’t necessary means 100% healthy.
    regulate sweetners intake just as much as you would with sugar and you won’t need to worry about it

  • I didnt expect the amount of ignorance shown in the comment section to show up in said section of a video like this, but when I contemplate it further, I dont understand why Im surprised at all.

  • 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 was told in the med school that low-calorie sweeteners are for diabetic people and only for them… and that they are harmful to healthy people. Someone knows why that line of thinking exists and if this is true?

  • So, if they are “safe” why do I get headaches from?
    Or my brain stam seems “dried out of fluids”?
    What about overall inflammations in the body?
    Etc. Etc….

  • Happy 2018! Hope you enjoy this video! I spent a long time preparing it so I would really appreciate it if you let me know if you like this type of long form content from me �� Or if you’d rather short “to the point” videos. Much love xoxo ❤️

  • what about studies that have shown that artificial sweeteners taste sweeter than regular table sugar, and can potentially be a risk for needing more sugar when you consume the regular type (things taste less sweet the more artificial sweeteners you take)

  • LOVE THIS! Please more. There is so much confusing nutrition content on the internet…yours is science-based and your presentation of it was on point. Thank you!

  • I love how all the corporations that make different food products Always by people off with bogus research to say their products are not harmful yet when you take sucralose too much she get headaches every single time if they want to try to convince us that their product is not giving us headaches. I’m pretty good with algebra when x equals y you need to get rid of x. Everything we consume is a chemical compound of some sort whether natural or synthetic. And synthetic compounds do not have a zero effect on the system they affect it somehow and someway. First I would recommend people get rid of sugar as much as possible from their diets. Secondly they should attempt to live off a little artificial sweeteners as much as possible. Maybe they don’t give them diabetes but they might just screw up their brain matter or liver.

  • 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.
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  • HI. So I just wanted to thank. I watched this video first when it got released 2 years ago and actually saved it. Now I got an assignment from my English teacher to write a discursive essay. I chose this topic. This video is very helpful to me because it covers all the bases and the major arguments regarding this topic. So thank you once again for putting in the hard work and effort in reseaching this topic. It served me well.

  • Why is there so much negative press about artificial sweeteners when they haven’t been proven harmful? Well, imagine you grew and sold a shit-tonne of corn and/or sugar beet, and you realised that an increase in demand for diet-sodas with no sugar would reduce the price of your produce. So you come up with slander and misinformation about the “supposed benefits” or “potentially cancer causing” artificial sweeteners to try and reduce demand for them, and keep demand for your high-fructose corn syrup nice and high. I could be wrong, but…. what do you think?

  • I love this! I love these information. It helps me know what to put in my body. I enjoy all your videos, but these are my favorites because I can get educated as I’m working out and it makes me more aware of what my next meal will be. Thank you for all your hard work!! ❤❤

  • I left a “like” because I think this video is very well researched and informative.
    My personal view of artificial sweeteners is that their sole purpose is to make something taste good that wouldn’t have otherwise. If I wouldn’t have eaten something in the first place, I’m not going to eat it just because it was artificially sweetened.

  • Hi Stephanie,

    Found this useful, has anything changed in recent years? Also I’ve heard sucralose use in cooking / heating is linked to cancer. https://www.treehugger.com/health/baking-and-cooking-splenda-releases-carcinogens-food.html

  • What about sugar alcohols like erythritol and xylitol? Have those been studied much? (Of course, theyr’re not entirely non-caloric, but pretty close.)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • My concern isn’t necessarily with just artificial sweeteners but with processed foods in general. I remember reading or hearing somewhere that the body doesn’t know how to digest man-made chemicals found in a lot of processed foods, so it stores those chemicals in your fat cells, thus increasing the size of your fat cells, leading to weight gain. Do you have any knowledge on this?

  • This was such piss poor research, what about the link to fatty liver? Autoimmune disorders? Heart disease? Cancer? Inflammation? You are dangerous to your subscribers.

  • 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.

  • Go ahead eat and drink? Here is the link for people who would like to read them self:
    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/02/06/sucralose-harmful-effects.aspx

  • Really?? Artificially sweetened beverages are better than beverages with real sugars? I just can’t buy that. I think sodas with real sugars are terrible, but those with artificial chemicals are much worse

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The effect of sweetener on the microbiome has not been completely elucidated. My opinion is that they are detrimental to the microbiota and you would be best just having moderate amounts of actual sugar.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6363527/

  • I can confirm as someone that drinks Splenda tea and diet soda only, I am dieting just fine without hunger. Hunger comes from sugar and carbs. If you just give your diet a few days you will adjust.

  • Diet soda is still not healthy. Carbonic acid will ruin your teeth, and again, there are some perhaps legitimate concerns about insulin response.

    I will direct you to Dr. Robert Lustig, who is an actual endocrinologist rather than a GP like our hose, and suggest that you watch some of his lectures on YouTube or check out Fed Up on Netflix or online.

  • I think this is very dangerous information. Even though cancer risk might not be a heavy factor, there are tons of other reasons, why artificial sweeteners are very unhealthy.
    They make you more fat than real sugar, they are addictive, they let your pancres produce insulin because of the sweet taste, even though no sugar is incoming, which then can lead to an increased tolerance of insulin (what makes you fat), they slow metabolism.
    Don’t take my, or his word for it, just do a little research on your own to be sure.

  • I don’t understand why people don’t do their own research or why this lady is dismissing the studies that show that ingesting sweeteners cause an insulin spike as badly as sugar in some cases. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23633524

    In fact what the heck is this lady talking about? One of the studies she posted show how both aspartame and stevia have a higher insulinogenic index than sugar. What am I not understanding here? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2900484/

  • In the nicest possible way I think you are being perhaps a bit too forgiving on the negatives effects of artificial sweeteners see study below showing sucralose destroying the microbiome by 50% and other negative outcomes.
    Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews

    Taylor & Francis

    J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev. 2013 Sep; 16(7): 399–451.

    Published online 2013 Nov 12. doi: 10.1080/10937404.2013.842523

    PMCID: PMC3856475

    PMID: 24219506

    Sucralose, A Synthetic Organochlorine Sweetener: Overview of Biological Issues

    Aspartame: The Most Dangerous Substance on the Market. (n.d.). Retrieved from @t

  • Stephanie, you are brilliant, gorgeous, and such an inspiration! Thank you for your academic content, fitness and diet tips, and for letting us see your raw, genuine character! ❤️

  • Artificial sweeteners continue to get a bad reputation with the general public because of misinformation being presented and interpreted incorrectly through medical studies. As the video states bladder cancer increased in rats, this is a fact the general public understands. What the general public then fails to read is the fact that increased bladder cancer in rats has not been linked to an increase in cancer in humans. This has led people to believe that drinking or consuming items which have been sweetened with artificial sweetener will put them at a greater risk for bladder cancer. I recently took a semester long nutrition class where we discussed this exact topic and found evidence that supports this video as well. Artificial sweeteners are not harmful to your health. I believe also that another aspect of people believing that artificial sweeteners are harmful is that people believe by using them they will lose weight which is not the case. Weight loss is both a combination of actively making healthy choices everyday and participating in physical activity. I believe that this video did a great job on pointing out the separation of health effects and weight loss. If the general public would look more into information they hear I believe this issue could be resolved of thinking artificial sweeteners are harmful.

  • 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

  • Hi, Stephanie! Yesterday I had an argument with a friend regarding this same topic: “are artificial sweeteners harmful?”. I said no, explained that effects of artificial sweeteners have been studied, but I also referenced him to this video! I just wanted to tell you that this type of in depth content is awesome. Thank you!

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  • 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

  • Would love to hear what you think about the studies done on gut bacteria and non nutritive sweeteners. Here is an article that references one study, but I think there was a study of humans specifically showing weight gain with an artificial sweetener, with a correlation to a specific gut bacteria. https://www.usnews.com/news/health-care-news/articles/2018-10-01/study-artificial-sweeteners-toxic-to-digestive-gut-bacteria

  • 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!

  • There are numerous studies showing how global warming doesn’t exist. Some studies presented by drug companies show amazing results for medications with copious amounts of data to back it.

    There are many harmful chemicals that are approved by the FDA.

  • You obviously are in the pocket of these companies. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, if I have any artificial sweeteners, I wind up hospitalized. I have a reaction with a migraine, stars, will my left side goes completely paralyzed, I don’t even know who I am anymore and I cannot see, vomiting violently. This only happens when I have an artificial sweeteners. I know many people that get migraines from them. This whole studies show it’s inconclusive is absolute BS. May your money lined pocket Karma find you on your judgment day. So mote it be.

  • 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.

  • If studies on rats do not necessarily translate to the same thing in human physiology, why do we still keep using animals for testing? That’s just inhumane, right?

  • 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

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

  • 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.

  • You should be careful about encouraging consumption of these. Aside from harmful alcohols used to make them that destroy insulin balance in the body, The brain itself can be damaged by aspartame as well as other parts of the body. U start out with a message about being over reactive n most stop there. These artificial sweeteners do spike blood sugar and I’ve watched it do so in elderly patients with no other change in diet but Splenda and powdered sugar free drinks.. Views should not supersede good information. My dad watched a few seconds n went ah hah I told u it wasn’t hurting me. Just so you and others know….. aspartame especially… google the affects of aspartame…

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 0 cal sweeteners teach your brain carbohydrate taste = no actual calories. This makes you REALLY hungry.

    Also natural!= good, artificial!= bad. Don’t trust stevia just because it’s not made from coal tar, and don’t not trust saccharin because it’s made from coal tar.

  • Aspartame and Sucralose are terrible migraine triggers for me and my sister. I wonder how many other people experience migraines triggered by artificial sweeteners?
    Saccharin is the only artificial sweetener I can use and the only one that doesn’t have a funky chemical taste.

  • 0:24 s. The first artificial sweetener (belive it or not) was Lead.
    “Lead: The Ancient (And Deadly) Artificial Sweetener”
    https://www.scienceabc.com/eyeopeners/lead-the-ancient-and-deadly-artificial-sweetener.html

  • Aspartame and also causes Juicy Fruit gum and big red gum to have horrible aftertaste since they decided to make it a low sugar product.

  • Maybe I should switch to diet soda, not because I need to lose weight, I’m actually underweight, but I know too much sugar carries many more more risks than just weight gain.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Artificial Sweeteners are being exported from china in large quantity. Buyers needs to know more about the data and Manufacturer’s Information.

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  • You really shouldn’t be spreading nonsense like this about artificial sweeteners. The evidence just isn’t there. Worse, media outlets like DNews create the impression that normal sugar and artificial sweeteners are similarly damaging to your health. They just aren’t. Not by a long shot. This is bad science and irresponsible journalism: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/28/upshot/the-evidence-supports-artificial-sweeteners-over-sugar.html. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/artificial-sweeteners/art-20046936.