Real Difficulties with Sugar Substitutes


The Danger of Sweeteners and 4 of The Worst Artificial Sweeteners

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Unhealthy? (Effects of Aspartame)

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Are Artificial Sweeteners REALLY Safe?

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Artificial Sweeteners vs. Sugar

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Low-calorie sweeteners

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Absorption and Metabolism of Sugar Substitutes (Artificial Sweeteners) | Aspartame, Sucralose, Etc.

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The Science Behind Artificial Sweeteners | Are They Safe? Are They Making Us Fat?

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The Danger of Sweeteners and 4 of The Worst Artificial Sweeteners

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Unhealthy? (Effects of Aspartame)

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Are Artificial Sweeteners REALLY Safe?

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Artificial Sweeteners vs. Sugar

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Low-calorie sweeteners

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The Science Behind Artificial Sweeteners | Are They Safe? Are They Making Us Fat?

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Harmful?

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Some people can be sensitive to sweeteners and experience symptoms such as headaches and upset stomach, but otherwise, there is no credible information that aspartame or any other artificial. The study, published in Nature, shows consuming artificial sweeteners can alter the types of bacteria in the “gut microbiome” (a collection of bacteria naturally occurring in your intestines). This alteration affects metabolism, specifically the way the body regulates blood glucose. Artificial sweeteners are often the topic of heated debate. On one hand, they’re claimed to increase your risk of cancer and harm your blood sugar and gut health.

The Problem With Artificial Sweeteners The Biology Behind It. Some biological mechanisms have been uncovered that may explain these seemingly counterintuitive Artificial Sweeteners May Lead to Diabetes. The resulting poor regulation of blood glucose leads to insulin resistance Reach for This. Artificially Sweetened Beverages and Stroke, Coronary Heart Disease, and All-Cause Mortality in the Women’s Health Initiative.

See related article, p 555. In 2018, the American Heart Association advised that short-term replacement of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) with beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners, including artificially sweetened beverages (ASB), may be an effective and realistic. There are many reasons why people choose artificial sweeteners.

It may be to help them with achieving their weight loss goals after having a lap band surgeon complete a procedure. For others, it may be due to diabetes. Whatever the reason is for considering artificial sweeteners, it is essential to understand the health risks behind these products.. The first thing you want to look at is the. Artificial sweeteners do not affect blood sugar levels, but some foods containing artificial sweeteners can still affect blood sugar because of other carbohydrates or proteins in these foods.

In. Previous research has linked low-calorie sweeteners to possible heart problems, type 2 diabetes, and potentially harmful changes in the gut microbiome. The concept behind the use of artificial sweeteners seems valid. However, over the past decade scientists have reported many possible significant side effects of regular consumption of artificial sweeteners. Here are some of the possible consequences: Artificial sweeteners are more potent than table sugar.

San Francisco (CNN Business) Coca-Cola says coronavirus has disrupted its supply chain, and artificial sweeteners from China could be in shorter supply if the outbreak continues to spread.

List of related literature:

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

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

The direct concern is that these artificial sweeteners are exactly that: artificial.

“How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered” by Mark Bittman, David Katz
from How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered
by Mark Bittman, David Katz
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020

These sweeteners are actually chemicals that may be interacting with our normal body processes to set up an environment for illnesses like lupus, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-healing for Everyone” by Linda G. Rector-Page
from Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-healing for Everyone
by Linda G. Rector-Page
Traditional Wisdom, 2000

Another problem is that natural sugars not only provide sweetness, they also Table 5.2 Artificial sweeteners vary considerably in their flavor profiles, which impacts consumer acceptance.

“Future Foods: How Modern Science Is Transforming the Way We Eat” by David Julian McClements
from Future Foods: How Modern Science Is Transforming the Way We Eat
by David Julian McClements
Springer International Publishing, 2019

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
from The Basics of Chemistry
by Richard Myers
Greenwood Press, 2003

Using artificial, or high-intensity sweeteners in place of traditional nutritive sweeteners presents two major problems in preservation and Aw control.

“Handbook of Food Science, Technology, and Engineering 4 Volume Set” by Y. H. Hui, Frank Sherkat
from Handbook of Food Science, Technology, and Engineering 4 Volume Set
by Y. H. Hui, Frank Sherkat
CRC Press, 2005

Other artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and acesulfame K are wrought with similar problems.

“Cracking the Metabolic Code: The Nine Keys to Peak Health” by James B. Lavalle, Stacy Lundin Yale
from Cracking the Metabolic Code: The Nine Keys to Peak Health
by James B. Lavalle, Stacy Lundin Yale
Basic Health Publications, Incorporated, 2004

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

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

Artificial sweeteners are all “bad” in the sense that they

“Textbook of Natural Medicine E-Book” by Joseph E. Pizzorno, Michael T. Murray
from Textbook of Natural Medicine E-Book
by Joseph E. Pizzorno, Michael T. Murray
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

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

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

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  • xylitol is being used to break down biofilms, which are basically mucous like gels that protect bacteria in blood vessel linings. Using xylitol with antibiotics makes them more effective in killing the targeted bacteria and other pathogens. Also not sure if you mentioned it, but supposedly even a little xylitol can kill pet dogs.

  • The effect of sweetener on the microbiome has not been completely elucidated. My opinion is that they are detrimental to the microbiota and you would be best just having moderate amounts of actual sugar.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Will you record a video concerning acesulfame K and suclarose? These are widely used in soda now as well as in protein powders. Please, you’re doing a wonderful job and the internet seems to have so many opposite opinions:/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Great video. I would like for you to reference what studies you are using in future videos. You stated “studies show” a few times in the video and didn’t always name the resercher(s). This will help viewers fine-tune their research so they can know exactly what is and is not.

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

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

  • I think the problem with these studies is that they only do it for a limited time and with people who are otherwise healthy or do not consume diet sodas on a regular basis. It’s hard to correlate problems over a long period of time because of so many other factors.

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

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

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

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

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

  • what? why do you make a video about arteficial sweeteners and mention only one? Why didn’t you talk about all the other artificial and natural sugar alternatives such as stevia or xucker etc etc

  • I know this is a fake new site… Seems there’s at least correlation between daily artificially sweet drink consumption and stroke/dementia. Will be interested to see if other studies and can confirm this or not.

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

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

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

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

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