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October 11, 2018 Robert Schinetsky. New Studies Cast Doubt on Artificial Sweeteners. As rates of obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome reach epidemic proportions, artificial sweeteners have been utilized to tame the public’s sweet tooth while simultaneously reducing its consumption of added sugar and nutritionally-vapid calories. New research casts doubts on safety of world’s most popular artificial sweetener by University of Sussex Credit: CC0 Public Domain The world’s most widely used artificial sweetener has.

Study Casts Doubt on Artificial Sweeteners’ Health Claims Almost half of the reviews of artificial sweetener studies had authors that did not disclose their conflicts of interest. Almost half of. Experts now have reason to doubt the safety of an artificial sweetener.

They are claimed to be calorie-free sugar alternative but in fact, maybe 200 times sweeter. The artificial sweetener is used in thousands of products including big brands. The experts have cast serious doubts and have safety questions.

Artificial sweeteners offer no health benefits, a large review of studies found. But it found no proof that they do any harm, either. Researchers looked at 35 observational studies and 21. FDA-approved artificial sweeteners and sport supplements were found to be toxic to digestive gut microbes, according to a new paper published in Molecules by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of. Study: Artificial Sweeteners Toxic to Digestive Gut Bacteria Artificial sweeteners commonly found in low-sugar foods can harm the gut microbial system.

By. Huge new study casts doubt on conventional wisdom about fat and carbs It may even be linked to artificial sweeteners. The PURE study has NOT cast doubt on. Elevated blood levels of IGF-I are associated with increased risks of cancers of the prostate, breast and colorectum.

This isn’t the first time that doubt has been cast on. However, randomized controlled studies — the gold standard in scientific research — report that artificial sweeteners may reduce body weight, fat mass, and waist circumference (21, 22).

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Increased consumption of saccharin and a report showing another sweetener to be carcinogenic prompted further studies to be carried out.

“Introduction to Toxicology, Third Edition” by John Timbrell
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by John Timbrell
Taylor & Francis, 2001

If more conclusive evidence arises, the FDA will have to revise its regulations for some of the sweeteners currently used.

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by David Julian McClements
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Those who regularly consumed artificial sweeteners, and particularly those who consumed the highest amounts, showed higher fasting blood glucose levels, poorer glucose tolerance, and different gut microbe profiles compared to those who did not consume these sweeteners.

“The Stevia Deception: The Hidden Dangers of Low-Calorie Sweeteners” by Bruce Fife
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by Bruce Fife
Piccadilly Books, Limited, 2017

Numerous studies have pointed to a correlation between artificial sweeteners and MS.

“Heal Your Leaky Gut: The Hidden Cause of Many Chronic Diseases” by David Brownstein, Jodie Gould
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by David Brownstein, Jodie Gould
Humanix Books, 2017

Artificial sweeteners There is currently controversy regarding the potential toxicity of low-calorie artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, acesulfame-K (ASK) and saccharin and their possible relationship to MS.

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from A Guide to Evidence-based Integrative and Complementary Medicine
by Vicki Kotsirilos, Luis Vitetta, Avni Sali
Elsevier Health Sciences APAC, 2011

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

(1) However, it has been shown that artificial sweeteners may actually increase insulin resistance by affecting the action of insulin at receptor level.

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There is some ongoing controversy over whether artificial sweeteners are health risks despite lack of scientifically controlled peer-reviewed studies in general consistently to produce clear evidence.

“Modern Pharmaceutics, Two Volume Set” by Alexander T. Florence, Juergen Siepmann
from Modern Pharmaceutics, Two Volume Set
by Alexander T. Florence, Juergen Siepmann
CRC Press, 2016

Several epidemiological and large scale surveys revealed that there is some sort of a relationship between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and an increase in the body weight or body mass index (BMI) [38 41].

“Food Additives and Human Health” by Seyed Mohammad Nabavi, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Monica Rosa Loizzo, Rosa Tundis, K. Pandima Devi, Ana Sanches Silva
from Food Additives and Human Health
by Seyed Mohammad Nabavi, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, et. al.
Bentham Science Publishers, 2020

They reported a negative correlation between the regular use of artificial sweetener and the amygdala response to sucrose.

“Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Abdominal Obesity” by Ronald Ross Watson
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by Ronald Ross Watson
Elsevier Science, 2014

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,..

  • That’s a lot of useful information packed into a half-hour video. Bottom line: no more Sucralose or Ace-K products for me. As I sit here sipping a Powerade Zero, which has both of those substances. Damn.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • I either read or was told by someone years ago that these sweeteners had been rejected for approval to be marketed year after year for around 15yrs by the FDA or whomever decides to allow these things I think due to health issues or possible toxicity, I cant fully remember. But the story was that the only reason they were allowed on the market was because when George Bush was made president he was mates with the rich guy that owned the patents and made the stuff, so George pulled the strings to get the approval. Supposedly, though, I guess there would be some way to check if it were true.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Guess i will have to cut down my consumption of artificial sweetener for my own sake from today onward in order to keep my gut flora health in tact. Thank for the head up, Doc.!

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

  • I 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.

  • 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

  • 24:03 “It does cause an insulin response.” Well, those graphs actually show oGTTs and the difference of drinking water or sucralose (what sucralose? pure sucralose or Splenda, which ist mostly dextrose and maltodextrin?) with them.
    This RCT https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273230017301265 showed no significant difference in glucose, insulin, C-peptide or HbA1c. So, at best, I’d say ‘inconclusive’.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • All alternative sweeteners taste gross. Especially Stevia. It has an especially vile aftertaste. I don’t even believe the alleged health benefits of it.
    Just go without. Tastes will change and sweet will become offensive.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • I 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.

  • I am so grateful for your channel. This is the kind of information that i know my doctor doesn’t have time to explain on our visits and it is so great to have another reliable source. Thank you!

  • 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.

  • Dr. A, when you turn sideways a minute into this video, it would appear you need to buy one of the T-shirts you’re advertising here.

  • 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.

  • Much appreciated clarifications, Dr. Sher. HOWEVER, there’s still some ongoing confusion in the keto academic sphere on whether or not stevia on its own raises insulin. According to the information in books I read written by Dr. Steven Gundry and Dr. Jason Fung, stevia stimulates insulin release as much as table sugar (Fung). And from Fung’s exhaustive look at many clinical studies, we know insulin is the main driver of health dysfunction rather than elevated blood sugar. For example, when blood sugar was tightly controlled in studies via intensive drug management, to include insulin in some cases, the heart disease rates and overall mortality went up substantially.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • polioli 8’50”, E967 xilitolo, E420 sorbitolo, E968 eritritolo; risposta insulinica 11’43”: maltitolo, xilitolo e sorbitolo: la metà dello zucchero; eritritolo: risposta minima; 13’50” stevia.

  • Thanks for publishing. I found the tour of all the many sweeteners in the main body of the presentation really informative. I wonder whether the way conclusions are presented at the end are misleading though, as correlation is not causation. The conclusions as presented are highly suggestive to the audience that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages are shown by the cited studies to CAUSE increased health risks, suggested as the “science [we] should believe”. On cursory review of just one of the studies, The San Antonio Heart Study, it appears correlation, not causation is demonstrated. Its probably good advice to avoid artificial sweeteners, but the evidence would be more appropriately qualified as associative, not causal.

  • 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.

  • 24:03 “It does cause an insulin response.” Well, those graphs actually show oGTTs and the difference of drinking water or sucralose (what sucralose? pure sucralose or Splenda, which ist mostly dextrose and maltodextrin?) with them.
    This RCT https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273230017301265 showed no significant difference in glucose, insulin, C-peptide or HbA1c. So, at best, I’d say ‘inconclusive’.

  • wow thanks for this informative video! I wasn’t aware of the dangers of artificial sweeteners, especially on the gut bacteria ratio. I’m going to use natural sweeteners going forward (like Stevia) as Dr. Balduzzi suggested.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Summary:

    Stevia: “No increase in blood sugar on its own; improves insulin sensitivity; no negative side effects.”

    Sucralose: “Not absorbed or recognized by the body.”

    “Are they safe? Studies leading to FDA approval have ‘ruled out’ cancer risk.”

    “We have highly individualized systems and it probably is that you’ll have to try a little bit and see what works for you and what doesn’t.”

    Artificially Sweetened Beverages lead to diabetes, weight gain, etc.

    So… In conclusion, sweeteners are fine, don’t cause cancer, don’t cause insulin responses, but DIET SODAS are bad. So… avoid sodas, but get to baking some Keto Connect recipes?:)

  • 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!

  • geoff parker ceo of australian beverages council obviously promotes the consumption of sweeteners, he is paid to say what he says by beverage producers

  • 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.

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

  • I 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

  • Your stomach is like a second brain and gut flora is critical to being healthy. Cutting out artificial sweeteners from my diet has been the biggest factor to me feeling healthier. Very important info here, thanks for sharing.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • I havent had any issues losing weight and still consuming diet drinks and sucralose sweetened water enhancers however I have no idea if my weightloss could have been quicker had I given them up so its time to give that a try. I’ll still use organic stevia extract and the occasional homemade dessert sweetened with Monkfruit but as for artificial sweeteners I’m done!

  • 1 minute in and i don’t want to give up diet sodas if they don’t kick me out of my fasted state.
    But I think i know what he’s going to say…

  • 24:10 For Sucralose, what is “excess” defined as? 5g per day? 20g per day? 100g per day? And what is a safe amount per day that would cause no issues?

  • 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!

  • 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

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • It’s fat people cus they get McDonald’s and ‘oh a DIET coke’ so they then eat more shitty foods just made 1change n still overeat, also lean people have better blood markers as a deficit improves blood work regardless what u eat for example the twinky and protein shake diet in a deficit… Blood work improved, overeating is when u have to be worried what u eat…

  • 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.

  • That’s a lot of useful information packed into a half-hour video. Bottom line: no more Sucralose or Ace-K products for me. As I sit here sipping a Powerade Zero, which has both of those substances. Damn.

  • It’s fat people cus they get McDonald’s and ‘oh a DIET coke’ so they then eat more shitty foods just made 1change n still overeat, also lean people have better blood markers as a deficit improves blood work regardless what u eat for example the twinky and protein shake diet in a deficit… Blood work improved, overeating is when u have to be worried what u eat…

  • 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…

  • 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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • This is an informative and useful video about how artificial sweeteners affect our gut flora health. Thanks for your clear explanation.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • had no idea that consumption of artificial sweeteners could alter the gut bacteria to a large extent as well as distort the ratio, very informative new information on gut flora health.

  • Some interesting points: I have done some periods of 8-10 water fasting and at the same time monitoring my blood sugar with a flash glucose mter ( freestyle libre). That way i found out that aspartame worked havock vwith my glucose levels, probably by affecting my insulin

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • If it doesn’t exist in nature, if our ancient ancestors weren’t eating it, we probably shouldn’t eat it eat only stuff our bodies are evolved to consume and process, anything else will cause problems processed foods, man-made oils, bread, grains, flour, artificial sweeteners, more than a few pounds of sugar/year….

  • I think the study on artificial sweeteners ought to be on the effectiveness of diets, long term health with and without. If the AS keep you on your diet, weight loss, blood sugar control, then there should be no concerns as the alternative is far worse. Let us not forget that the majority of diseases is associated with Inflammation and that it is strongly associated with blood sugar spikes and levels, long term. No matter your weight really, if you have controlled your blood sugar for 20 years then you are going to be far less risk than somebody 20 KG lighter but has never bothered to control BS.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I havent had any issues losing weight and still consuming diet drinks and sucralose sweetened water enhancers however I have no idea if my weightloss could have been quicker had I given them up so its time to give that a try. I’ll still use organic stevia extract and the occasional homemade dessert sweetened with Monkfruit but as for artificial sweeteners I’m done!

  • 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).

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

  • I 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 was not particularly helpful. For a 30-minute talk, it provided little data on the actual health effects; you could have found the same info with a quick Google search. And for those sweeteners that raise insulin, there was no absolute value given nor any value relative to sugar. As in, If I drink two beverages, one with sugar and one with sucralose, how does sucralose compare to sugar? If sucralose is equivalent to sugar in causing an insulin release, then I might avoid it. If it causes an insulin release that is 1/10 or 1/100 or 1/1000 of sugar, then it might be worthy using, at least in some situations.

    When it comes to health and nutrition guidance, I am not looking for morality (get over eating sweet things because they’re bad; only eat natural foods because they’re good). I’m looking for information that I can use to make my own decisions.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Aspartame is extremely bad. I had consumed few times and I got headaches, vomiting and loose stools. Whole day nausea. Affects sex drive. This is my personal experience. Never ever consume it not even a little bit of it. There may be more but I may not be aware of it.

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • Ye Paul, the chief scientist is using artificial sweetener to control his weight, well good job. You don’t look overweight at all…

  • who is carrying out these safety studies? Is it the companies who are producing them? Where are the long term safety studies? Are G.D. Searle carrting ou the studies? Causing obesity is a dangerious health issue.

  • 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.

  • Don’t put any of the junk in my food or drinks. It took a while to get used to it but it’s possible.
    One of my favorite drinks is some sliced ginger in water with lime. It’s easy to take if you don’t like water.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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..

  • Coffee to me smells far better than it tastes where as tea smells far worse than it tastes. Haha. I could smell brewing coffee all day and never drink it.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Why the hell should I listen to epidemiological studies that found hazard ratios below 2? Aren’t those the ones I’m supposed to treat as having found nothing, since hazard ratios below 2 arise so often out of the noise that they reveal nothing except researchers’ biases?

  • 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 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.

  • Great video. Learned a lot.

    HOWEVER, the comment about sucralose causing an insulin response is misleading. Sucralose has never spiked insulin in a study on humans, to my knowledge, EVER!

    The graph you show uses a 75g glucose test as the catalyst… and the insulin response to the 75g glucose is impacted, compared to water.

    So sure, Insulin responses to 75g glucose (which no low-carb / ketonian would ever do) is exacerbated… but that is not in response to straight/pure sucralose (which was the measure of all other sweeteners in the speech). Not sure why you’d do that, Doc.

    The material is therefore misleading on this topic. If you took this info to mean “avoid sucralose”, you have misapplied the info!

  • disappointed that no more detailed information about the rat studies. for example the dosage that where used in those studies i just way to high to make form a reasonable conclusion.
    it is like saying if you eat 10kg of sugar a day, u gonne die. yea… not helpfull. and so are these rat studies..

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Great video. Learned a lot.

    HOWEVER, the comment about sucralose causing an insulin response is misleading. Sucralose has never spiked insulin in a study on humans, to my knowledge, EVER!

    The graph you show uses a 75g glucose test as the catalyst… and the insulin response to the 75g glucose is impacted, compared to water.

    So sure, Insulin responses to 75g glucose (which no low-carb / ketonian would ever do) is exacerbated… but that is not in response to straight/pure sucralose (which was the measure of all other sweeteners in the speech). Not sure why you’d do that, Doc.

    The material is therefore misleading on this topic. If you took this info to mean “avoid sucralose”, you have misapplied the info!

  • 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..

  • 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….

  • 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.

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

  • This is an informative and useful video about how artificial sweeteners affect our gut flora health. Thanks for your clear explanation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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).

  • People need to get over their fixation with sweet things. That way, regardless if artificial sweeteners impede weight loss or not, they won’t have to worry about it. If you abstain from sweets long enough whether it is regular sugar, a sugar alcohol, or an artificial sweetener you stop craving them. As a former “sugarholic”, I noticed that after few months of complete abstinence from sweet substances, I lost my craving for them completely. When I used to use artificial sweeteners, I would continually have cravings for sweets, and it would always make it that much more difficult to walk by a bakery or the candy section in a grocery store without succumbing to temptation. While the abstinence period was tough, once you get over the several months it takes to eliminate the craving, you never want to go back. Its liberating.

    If artificial sweeteners truly did aid people in losing weight, we should have observed a precipitous decline in weight in the population upon the introduction of these sugar substitutes. The exact opposite is true. People gained weight despite the increased usage of artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols. If I were to speculate as to why, it probably has to do with the fact that by “tricking” the brain into thinking it ate something sweet, but at the time providing no calories, probably causes an increase in appetite. Also, even if people do not feel increased hunger as a result of sugar substitutes, they may think that the calories saved gives them license to over consume other foods. Whether it is through physiological means or psychological means, any substance that engenders over consumption, is a bad thing.

  • 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

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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:/

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

  • i 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

  • 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.

  • Don’t put any of the junk in my food or drinks. It took a while to get used to it but it’s possible.
    One of my favorite drinks is some sliced ginger in water with lime. It’s easy to take if you don’t like water.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!!!

  • For years I have gotten migraine headaches and always suspected a problem with “the gut” as the cause. Anyone else have the same experience?

  • 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 have always wondered if artificial sweeteners were healthy; I guess I got my answer. I had no idea that these artificial sweeteners could lead to obesity.

  • 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

  • Time Chemical: cal/g; insulin response; other notes
    12:37 Malitol, Sorbitol, Xylitol: 2.6; yes (about half of sugar); GI issues
    12:37 Erythritol: 0.24; minimal; GI issues
    13:50 Stevia: 0?; no but insulin sensitivity in the pancreas concerns; see also monk fruit
    16:57 Oligofructans (derived from inulin): 1.5?; no; inulin?
    18:40 Saccharine: 0; maybe
    19:27 Cyclamate: 0;
    20:21 Ace-K: 0; yes in rats; DNA concerns
    21:51 Aspartame: 0; no; breaks down with heat, danger for phenylketonurics, gut bacteria concerns
    23:13 Neotame: 0; maybe
    23:25 Sucralose: 0; yes
    24:20 Trehalose:?;?; lowers freezing point, C diffilus infections concerns

  • 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.

  • Sure, diet drinks are associated with diabetes, but how do you know which way the causation goes? What if fat, metabolically unhealthy people seek out alternatives to sugar in hopes of becoming healthier, but it doesn’t work because our culture pumps sugar into everything?

  • 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!

  • Aspartame is extremely bad. I had consumed few times and I got headaches, vomiting and loose stools. Whole day nausea. Affects sex drive. This is my personal experience. Never ever consume it not even a little bit of it. There may be more but I may not be aware of it.

  • 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!

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

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

  • Ebay is the only place where I’ve been able to find pure stevia. All the other stevia I see for sale is mostly something else, usually corn starch or erythritol(sp?). Real stevia so strong you only need a tiny amount. If you need amounts visually similar to the amount of sugar you would usually use then its cut with something else.

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

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

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • Thanks for publishing. I found the tour of all the many sweeteners in the main body of the presentation really informative. I wonder whether the way conclusions are presented at the end are misleading though, as correlation is not causation. The conclusions as presented are highly suggestive to the audience that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages are shown by the cited studies to CAUSE increased health risks, suggested as the “science [we] should believe”. On cursory review of just one of the studies, The San Antonio Heart Study, it appears correlation, not causation is demonstrated. Its probably good advice to avoid artificial sweeteners, but the evidence would be more appropriately qualified as associative, not causal.

  • 1. if one is already bulking would having daily diet sodas increase fat storage if they’re surplus is only 200-300 calories?
    2. If one is in a deficit then why would it matter if they are taking in aspartame as long as they are losing weight?

  • 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…

  • I either read or was told by someone years ago that these sweeteners had been rejected for approval to be marketed year after year for around 15yrs by the FDA or whomever decides to allow these things I think due to health issues or possible toxicity, I cant fully remember. But the story was that the only reason they were allowed on the market was because when George Bush was made president he was mates with the rich guy that owned the patents and made the stuff, so George pulled the strings to get the approval. Supposedly, though, I guess there would be some way to check if it were true.

  • 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.

  • Why the hell should I listen to epidemiological studies that found hazard ratios below 2? Aren’t those the ones I’m supposed to treat as having found nothing, since hazard ratios below 2 arise so often out of the noise that they reveal nothing except researchers’ biases?

  • 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

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

  • I’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.

  • 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.

  • First. Salute to Dr. Russell Blaylock. He really turned me on to the danger that artificial sweeteners wreak havoc on the stomach AND the brain. Salute to Anthony Balduzzi…”horse mode”. Damn good man.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 1. if one is already bulking would having daily diet sodas increase fat storage if they’re surplus is only 200-300 calories?
    2. If one is in a deficit then why would it matter if they are taking in aspartame as long as they are losing weight?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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’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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • had no idea that consumption of artificial sweeteners could alter the gut bacteria to a large extent as well as distort the ratio, very informative new information on gut flora health.

  • I have always wondered if artificial sweeteners were healthy; I guess I got my answer. I had no idea that these artificial sweeteners could lead to obesity.

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

  • I 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.

  • 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.

  • People need to get over their fixation with sweet things. That way, regardless if artificial sweeteners impede weight loss or not, they won’t have to worry about it. If you abstain from sweets long enough whether it is regular sugar, a sugar alcohol, or an artificial sweetener you stop craving them. As a former “sugarholic”, I noticed that after few months of complete abstinence from sweet substances, I lost my craving for them completely. When I used to use artificial sweeteners, I would continually have cravings for sweets, and it would always make it that much more difficult to walk by a bakery or the candy section in a grocery store without succumbing to temptation. While the abstinence period was tough, once you get over the several months it takes to eliminate the craving, you never want to go back. Its liberating.

    If artificial sweeteners truly did aid people in losing weight, we should have observed a precipitous decline in weight in the population upon the introduction of these sugar substitutes. The exact opposite is true. People gained weight despite the increased usage of artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols. If I were to speculate as to why, it probably has to do with the fact that by “tricking” the brain into thinking it ate something sweet, but at the time providing no calories, probably causes an increase in appetite. Also, even if people do not feel increased hunger as a result of sugar substitutes, they may think that the calories saved gives them license to over consume other foods. Whether it is through physiological means or psychological means, any substance that engenders over consumption, is a bad thing.

  • 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!

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

  • 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!

  • 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….

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • 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!)

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • Have been taking aspartame in my coffee for around 30 years. I do not touch sugar, bread, rice, pasta, potato, fruit or sauces. My BS has been totally under control and BMI 22.5 And if I want to make a sweet curry (low carb No carb) I can add aspartame at the end, and it tastes exactly like sweet curry. I think the AS can be a very useful tool in managing a low carb or keto diet.

  • 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.

  • 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,..

  • polioli 8’50”, E967 xilitolo, E420 sorbitolo, E968 eritritolo; risposta insulinica 11’43”: maltitolo, xilitolo e sorbitolo: la metà dello zucchero; eritritolo: risposta minima; 13’50” stevia.

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

  • I 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.

  • wow thanks for this informative video! I wasn’t aware of the dangers of artificial sweeteners, especially on the gut bacteria ratio. I’m going to use natural sweeteners going forward (like Stevia) as Dr. Balduzzi suggested.

  • 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

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

  • 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.

  • Bought vitamin D spray that contains xylitol.My choices were tablets with titanium dioxide or caplets with ‘vegetable’ oil? Least worrying was xylitol,I thought?

  • Much appreciated clarifications, Dr. Sher. HOWEVER, there’s still some ongoing confusion in the keto academic sphere on whether or not stevia on its own raises insulin. According to the information in books I read written by Dr. Steven Gundry and Dr. Jason Fung, stevia stimulates insulin release as much as table sugar (Fung). And from Fung’s exhaustive look at many clinical studies, we know insulin is the main driver of health dysfunction rather than elevated blood sugar. For example, when blood sugar was tightly controlled in studies via intensive drug management, to include insulin in some cases, the heart disease rates and overall mortality went up substantially.

  • Is everyone aware that virtually all soft drinks & cordials (non diet) now have one form or another of Artificial sweeteners in them? Because I have told numerous people, I mean hundreds of people as I work in a shop and not one person knew this I’ve had a couple say they thought the taste of their usual drink was different, but they didn’t bother checking out the ingredients on the back.
    I am sensitive to AS as I cant stand the chemical taste and it makes me feel sick so I started to realise a yea ror so ago that the soft drinks suddenly tasted off like they had a chemical taste, so I checked the label and sure enough AFS were listed but no indication anywhere on the bottle stating it was low calorie or anything else. 

    Remember in Oz a couple of years ago they were carrying on about forcing the soft drink companies to lower the sugar amounts?
    Well they did and they have BUT what they haven’t told us is that they have replaced the reduced sugar with Artificial Sweeteners!
    Drinks with AF have always been labelled with DIET or LOW CALORIE, such as diet coke etc etc. Now that all drinks have AF what is the difference between the one labelled DIET and the one NOT Labelled Diet? The only difference would be the amounts of sugar versus amounts and types of sweetener. How this is legal I don’t know at the very least you would expect some type of public statements to say they are changing their products by introducing artificial sweeteners.

    This is true of virtually ALL brands of soft drinks and cordials you must check the ingredients on the back of the bottle, most will list sugar AND other sweeteners and they may not be next to each other in the list.

    It seems these companies are jamming their chemicals into everything they can while our govts appear to be helping Big Industry to make more money by replacing a natural product i.e cane sugar and in turn putting local farmers out of business And putting our health at risk by replacing anything natural with a concoction of chemicals! and then we have the  media promoting how wonderful our govt is by looking after our health and forcing those big bad companies to reduce sugar  while ALL three parties forget to mention that…a. it will have NO effect what so ever in helping you rid your body of sugar cravings because  b. we will make it just as sweet by adding lab made petroleum based chemicals to it and c. we have a fair idea that most of you have damaged taste buds from drinking our other poisons like V, red bull etc that you probably wont taste the difference in the soft drink nor will you bother checking the labels, so you will probably have no idea that you now have no choice!
    To be clear….I am not endorsing that cane sugar is healthy for anyone only that it is preferable over chemicals.

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

  • Guess i will have to cut down my consumption of artificial sweetener for my own sake from today onward in order to keep my gut flora health in tact. Thank for the head up, Doc.!

  • 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 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…

  • 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!!!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • Time Chemical: cal/g; insulin response; other notes
    12:37 Malitol, Sorbitol, Xylitol: 2.6; yes (about half of sugar); GI issues
    12:37 Erythritol: 0.24; minimal; GI issues
    13:50 Stevia: 0?; no but insulin sensitivity in the pancreas concerns; see also monk fruit
    16:57 Oligofructans (derived from inulin): 1.5?; no; inulin?
    18:40 Saccharine: 0; maybe
    19:27 Cyclamate: 0;
    20:21 Ace-K: 0; yes in rats; DNA concerns
    21:51 Aspartame: 0; no; breaks down with heat, danger for phenylketonurics, gut bacteria concerns
    23:13 Neotame: 0; maybe
    23:25 Sucralose: 0; yes
    24:20 Trehalose:?;?; lowers freezing point, C diffilus infections concerns

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

  • I am so grateful for your channel. This is the kind of information that i know my doctor doesn’t have time to explain on our visits and it is so great to have another reliable source. Thank you!

  • Bought vitamin D spray that contains xylitol.My choices were tablets with titanium dioxide or caplets with ‘vegetable’ oil? Least worrying was xylitol,I thought?

  • 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 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • What is the reason for eating sweet?
    Not growing up from early childhood?
    Mothers milk contain a lot of sugar.
    How are gene expressions affected by sugar?
    Staying in childhood for the rest of your life some people said 100 years ago.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • I’ve lost about 50kgs with drinking 1-2 liters daily of diet sodas (which i wouldnt recommend to anyone). You cant give up on everything. Especially if you want to completely change your life style. If you need a soda its always better to take one with aspartame than the one with sugar

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Have been taking aspartame in my coffee for around 30 years. I do not touch sugar, bread, rice, pasta, potato, fruit or sauces. My BS has been totally under control and BMI 22.5 And if I want to make a sweet curry (low carb No carb) I can add aspartame at the end, and it tastes exactly like sweet curry. I think the AS can be a very useful tool in managing a low carb or keto diet.

  • 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

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

  • geoff parker ceo of australian beverages council obviously promotes the consumption of sweeteners, he is paid to say what he says by beverage producers

  • 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.

  • Nice video content! Excuse me for the intrusion, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you thought about Miyason Mitochondria Masker (Sure I saw it on Google)? It is a smashing exclusive guide for getting the beach body ladies will love without the hard work. Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my work colleague got astronomical results with it.

  • This was not particularly helpful. For a 30-minute talk, it provided little data on the actual health effects; you could have found the same info with a quick Google search. And for those sweeteners that raise insulin, there was no absolute value given nor any value relative to sugar. As in, If I drink two beverages, one with sugar and one with sucralose, how does sucralose compare to sugar? If sucralose is equivalent to sugar in causing an insulin release, then I might avoid it. If it causes an insulin release that is 1/10 or 1/100 or 1/1000 of sugar, then it might be worthy using, at least in some situations.

    When it comes to health and nutrition guidance, I am not looking for morality (get over eating sweet things because they’re bad; only eat natural foods because they’re good). I’m looking for information that I can use to make my own decisions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Summary:

    Stevia: “No increase in blood sugar on its own; improves insulin sensitivity; no negative side effects.”

    Sucralose: “Not absorbed or recognized by the body.”

    “Are they safe? Studies leading to FDA approval have ‘ruled out’ cancer risk.”

    “We have highly individualized systems and it probably is that you’ll have to try a little bit and see what works for you and what doesn’t.”

    Artificially Sweetened Beverages lead to diabetes, weight gain, etc.

    So… In conclusion, sweeteners are fine, don’t cause cancer, don’t cause insulin responses, but DIET SODAS are bad. So… avoid sodas, but get to baking some Keto Connect recipes?:)

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Ebay is the only place where I’ve been able to find pure stevia. All the other stevia I see for sale is mostly something else, usually corn starch or erythritol(sp?). Real stevia so strong you only need a tiny amount. If you need amounts visually similar to the amount of sugar you would usually use then its cut with something else.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Coffee to me smells far better than it tastes where as tea smells far worse than it tastes. Haha. I could smell brewing coffee all day and never drink it.

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

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • I think the study on artificial sweeteners ought to be on the effectiveness of diets, long term health with and without. If the AS keep you on your diet, weight loss, blood sugar control, then there should be no concerns as the alternative is far worse. Let us not forget that the majority of diseases is associated with Inflammation and that it is strongly associated with blood sugar spikes and levels, long term. No matter your weight really, if you have controlled your blood sugar for 20 years then you are going to be far less risk than somebody 20 KG lighter but has never bothered to control BS.

  • Is everyone aware that virtually all soft drinks & cordials (non diet) now have one form or another of Artificial sweeteners in them? Because I have told numerous people, I mean hundreds of people as I work in a shop and not one person knew this I’ve had a couple say they thought the taste of their usual drink was different, but they didn’t bother checking out the ingredients on the back.
    I am sensitive to AS as I cant stand the chemical taste and it makes me feel sick so I started to realise a yea ror so ago that the soft drinks suddenly tasted off like they had a chemical taste, so I checked the label and sure enough AFS were listed but no indication anywhere on the bottle stating it was low calorie or anything else. 

    Remember in Oz a couple of years ago they were carrying on about forcing the soft drink companies to lower the sugar amounts?
    Well they did and they have BUT what they haven’t told us is that they have replaced the reduced sugar with Artificial Sweeteners!
    Drinks with AF have always been labelled with DIET or LOW CALORIE, such as diet coke etc etc. Now that all drinks have AF what is the difference between the one labelled DIET and the one NOT Labelled Diet? The only difference would be the amounts of sugar versus amounts and types of sweetener. How this is legal I don’t know at the very least you would expect some type of public statements to say they are changing their products by introducing artificial sweeteners.

    This is true of virtually ALL brands of soft drinks and cordials you must check the ingredients on the back of the bottle, most will list sugar AND other sweeteners and they may not be next to each other in the list.

    It seems these companies are jamming their chemicals into everything they can while our govts appear to be helping Big Industry to make more money by replacing a natural product i.e cane sugar and in turn putting local farmers out of business And putting our health at risk by replacing anything natural with a concoction of chemicals! and then we have the  media promoting how wonderful our govt is by looking after our health and forcing those big bad companies to reduce sugar  while ALL three parties forget to mention that…a. it will have NO effect what so ever in helping you rid your body of sugar cravings because  b. we will make it just as sweet by adding lab made petroleum based chemicals to it and c. we have a fair idea that most of you have damaged taste buds from drinking our other poisons like V, red bull etc that you probably wont taste the difference in the soft drink nor will you bother checking the labels, so you will probably have no idea that you now have no choice!
    To be clear….I am not endorsing that cane sugar is healthy for anyone only that it is preferable over chemicals.

  • Interesting. I’m not ready to give up my artificial sweeteners though! I do use Stevia and I love Splenda. I stil think its better than regular sugar.

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

  • All alternative sweeteners taste gross. Especially Stevia. It has an especially vile aftertaste. I don’t even believe the alleged health benefits of it.
    Just go without. Tastes will change and sweet will become offensive.

  • 1 minute in and i don’t want to give up diet sodas if they don’t kick me out of my fasted state.
    But I think i know what he’s going to say…

  • Wow great awesome information video So I like this very much. I trying this method. It is very useful video. Thanks for sharing this information. Thanks again

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • What is the reason for eating sweet?
    Not growing up from early childhood?
    Mothers milk contain a lot of sugar.
    How are gene expressions affected by sugar?
    Staying in childhood for the rest of your life some people said 100 years ago.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • disappointed that no more detailed information about the rat studies. for example the dosage that where used in those studies i just way to high to make form a reasonable conclusion.
    it is like saying if you eat 10kg of sugar a day, u gonne die. yea… not helpfull. and so are these rat studies..

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

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

  • 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.

  • For years I have gotten migraine headaches and always suspected a problem with “the gut” as the cause. Anyone else have the same experience?

  • 24:10 For Sucralose, what is “excess” defined as? 5g per day? 20g per day? 100g per day? And what is a safe amount per day that would cause no issues?

  • Some interesting points: I have done some periods of 8-10 water fasting and at the same time monitoring my blood sugar with a flash glucose mter ( freestyle libre). That way i found out that aspartame worked havock vwith my glucose levels, probably by affecting my insulin

  • 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?

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

  • 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

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

  • I’ve lost about 50kgs with drinking 1-2 liters daily of diet sodas (which i wouldnt recommend to anyone). You cant give up on everything. Especially if you want to completely change your life style. If you need a soda its always better to take one with aspartame than the one with sugar

  • If it doesn’t exist in nature, if our ancient ancestors weren’t eating it, we probably shouldn’t eat it eat only stuff our bodies are evolved to consume and process, anything else will cause problems processed foods, man-made oils, bread, grains, flour, artificial sweeteners, more than a few pounds of sugar/year….

  • Sure, diet drinks are associated with diabetes, but how do you know which way the causation goes? What if fat, metabolically unhealthy people seek out alternatives to sugar in hopes of becoming healthier, but it doesn’t work because our culture pumps sugar into everything?

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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

  • 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!

  • Dr. A, when you turn sideways a minute into this video, it would appear you need to buy one of the T-shirts you’re advertising here.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Wow great awesome information video So I like this very much. I trying this method. It is very useful video. Thanks for sharing this information. Thanks again

  • Ye Paul, the chief scientist is using artificial sweetener to control his weight, well good job. You don’t look overweight at all…

  • who is carrying out these safety studies? Is it the companies who are producing them? Where are the long term safety studies? Are G.D. Searle carrting ou the studies? Causing obesity is a dangerious health issue.

  • Interesting. I’m not ready to give up my artificial sweeteners though! I do use Stevia and I love Splenda. I stil think its better than regular sugar.

  • Your stomach is like a second brain and gut flora is critical to being healthy. Cutting out artificial sweeteners from my diet has been the biggest factor to me feeling healthier. Very important info here, thanks for sharing.

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

  • I 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.

  • First. Salute to Dr. Russell Blaylock. He really turned me on to the danger that artificial sweeteners wreak havoc on the stomach AND the brain. Salute to Anthony Balduzzi…”horse mode”. Damn good man.