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

Video taken from the channel: The Ancestral Mind by Colin Stuckert


 

Are Artificial Sweeteners Unhealthy? (Effects of Aspartame)

Video taken from the channel: PictureFit


 

Are Artificial Sweeteners REALLY Safe?

Video taken from the channel: Seeker


 

Artificial Sweeteners vs. Sugar

Video taken from the channel: All Health TV


 

Low-calorie sweeteners

Video taken from the channel: Osmosis


 

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.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6363527/

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • There is a link between diet soda and weight gain. It’s proven that soda increases the body’s ghrelin levels which makes you more hungry and thus eat more.

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

    Taylor & Francis

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

    Published online 2013 Nov 12. doi: 10.1080/10937404.2013.842523

    PMCID: PMC3856475

    PMID: 24219506

    Sucralose, A Synthetic Organochlorine Sweetener: Overview of Biological Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • Hi Stephanie,

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

  • YOU FORGOT TO MENTION THAT ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS INCREASE HUNGER AND MAKE THE DRINKER EAT MORE! THAT IS WHY THESE PEOPLE ARE BIG!!

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • You know if I inject the sugar additives, equivalent ot your body weight into you. The same way they do in those scientific studies you would have cancer or just plain die as well. Its the same thing they do to the rats they test this stuff on. Make sure when you take something out of context. your the only one that knows the weak a$$ scientific study behind it. Now no sugar in high quantities is healthy period. It’s called common sense, try it out sometimes instead of false propaganda.

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

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

  • 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

  • There is a link between diet soda and weight gain. It’s proven that soda increases the body’s ghrelin levels which makes you more hungry and thus eat more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • This is my experience.
    I used to drink Coke, but I wanted to avoid the calories so I switched to diet, but since there were no calories I drank more, a lot more. Up to 12 cans a day. There was something about the sweetness in soda that made me crave more. I started to get stomach aches after a while from drinking it so I finally stopped, and switched to drinking water. I would guess people who drink a lot of soda are craving the sweetness, and it would be better for them to get there cravings under control.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Videos like yours With your cheery smile are dangerous.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • you would rather eat something made from coal tare or petroleum oil (chemicals) and say it is better for you. Before chemicals were used to eat, inject, rub all over our bodies, and wear on our skin what did Huemans do before that. Do you know can you give some research on that. Tell me what Huemans ate, rub all over their bodies, and wore on their body? The origin of something is a good indication of what you get from it. These chemical sugar replacements are terrible for your health and our environment!!
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  • Laci u r really really very sweet. I would be more happy if u slow down a liiiiittle bit. May be 10% slower would help me significantly.

  • We have a large grocery store that carries Hispanic foods (caters to the Hispanic community) and the amount of the Artificial Sweeteners in their store is astounding.

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

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

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

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  • 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.

  • John Green Executive Producer

    Stan Muller Director, Producer

    Aaron Carroll Writer

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

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

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

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

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

  • you should research studies that are NOT part of a corporate profit agenda. Research peer reviewed published science and you will see that aspartame is a neurotoxin and is directly linked to heart disease, strokes, cancer, and obesity. You must realize that banks and corporations control the studies that the majority see and that they care only about profit, furthermore the unhealthier people are the more profit they make. They control food and health profiting from both. Do more digging and dont be fooled by Big Brother. This video is misinformation.

  • As someone who studied science, anything which says it causes cancer, obesity and stroke is so broad and not specific. Therefore, you should always do your own research and do not believe everything you read online. Fake news are there to make money, gather views etc.

  • Need to be new research on diet sodas. It’s TRUE it does spike insulin when you drink it. I’m going to do an experiment by drinking diet soda while doing keto intermittent fasting and long term fasting knowing its going to kick me out ketosis for about a couple hours. I need some pleasure like diet A&W rootbeer or diet Dr Pepper. Strawberry Sparkling water is not bad. No sweeteners or calories.

  • Anything Man made does not belong inside of you, period. You can gloss it up & make baseless defences for this Poison. Great Vid for Beginners with blinkers.

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

  • Aspartame is bacteria poop and is owned by the biggest pesticide company on the planet. Guess who the pests are these days? Breakfast, lunch and dinner brought to you by the makers of Agent Orange.

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

  • It is amazing how few sheep… I mean people do their own fact checking. These lazy drones would rather follow the herd. Medical Entertainment (guest speakers. TV doctors, authors selling fear, etc etc) lies about aspartame for speaker fees, ratings and book sales.

    Why not see what scientists without an axe to grind think. FDA approved in 1981 Aspartame is one of the most exhaustively studied substances in the human food supply, with more than 100 studies supporting its safety. No smoking gun has been found regarding the harm it can do except “people with a rare hereditary disease known as phenylketonuria (PKU) have a difficult time metabolizing phenylalanine, a component of aspartame, and should control their intake of phenylalanine from all sources, including aspartame. ” The US FDA has established an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 50mg/kg or 110mg/lb of body weight per day. I don’t believe many people are exceeding this. That is 237 cans of coke zero each day for a 125lb woman or 332 cans for a 180lb man.

    The case against aspartame is not based on any credible research. Coincidence is NOT causation is an important scientific premise. The case against aspartame relies on the belief that coincidence is causation. Enough said… medical entertainment is a multi billion dollar industry… always looking for new spins on health scare.

  • No studies found to make it “unhealthy”

    Then you consider the fact that those studies were likely funded by the companies indirectly.

    Research on aspartame and how it got passed the FDA (hint: bribes and fake panels )

  • The fda is lying out their ass when the say ace k and sucralose are healthy. Remember when they said high fructose corn syrup was healthy? Then they admitted they fucked up

  • They forget mention that the aspartame fucks with the chemicals in your brain and that’s what make you want to eat more. So that’s the big Link!!!

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

  • carbonated water is just as bad for my teeth as Diet Coke no different…the only difference is that Diet Coke as the added aspartame caffeine colourings sodium etc…

  • This video is pretty uneducated. Aspartame has been shown to worsen depression in studies and also put your body in fat storage mode. So those calories you eat along with the aspartame are being stored as fat. Calories in calories out still apply but there is different ways of your body using calories, it is way worse for your health to be excessively storing that fat. Do more research everyone

  • did you get money from soda companies for making this video? People drinking diet soda eat more because they start to crave more because of the 0 calorie artificial sweetness tricking their brain, not because everytime they think that they can eat more & everytime they actually end up eating more without any coincidence.

    Its is better to help people, rather than misguide them.

  • The bad eating habits are because of the soda… unlike a peppermint tea, the diet soda won’t help suppress appetite but rather create a craving… it basically temporarily disables the brakes for the signal to stop eating until you crash… that’s why they continue eating… so yes aspartame is contributing to weight gain. Maybe not directly but guilty by association.

  • My doctor eats junk food, drinks diet soda, and smokes. He looks young for his age and slim. Can you please do a video on tobacco and its benefits?

  • No studies found to make it “unhealthy”

    Then you consider the fact that those studies were likely funded by the companies indirectly.

    Research on aspartame and how it got passed the FDA (hint: bribes and fake panels )

  • YOU FORGOT TO MENTION THAT ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS INCREASE HUNGER AND MAKE THE DRINKER EAT MORE! THAT IS WHY THESE PEOPLE ARE BIG!!

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

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

  • 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.

  • My doctor eats junk food, drinks diet soda, and smokes. He looks young for his age and slim. Can you please do a video on tobacco and its benefits?

  • Thank you for the clear up. Defiantly was a lot of BS around this whole sweetener. Only down fall to soda is just its bad for your teeth and can cost a lot of money if you drink it everyday. Never hurts to cut back on it or drink water between each soda to rinse out your mouth. You shouldn’t consume it so much because of the caffeine and sodium. It dehydrates you, and being dehydrated does a lot of damage to your body. So just keep that in mind.

  • This is my experience.
    I used to drink Coke, but I wanted to avoid the calories so I switched to diet, but since there were no calories I drank more, a lot more. Up to 12 cans a day. There was something about the sweetness in soda that made me crave more. I started to get stomach aches after a while from drinking it so I finally stopped, and switched to drinking water. I would guess people who drink a lot of soda are craving the sweetness, and it would be better for them to get there cravings under control.

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

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

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

  • I am one of those guys who likes to have a Diet soda once in a while.. All I feel is everything can be consumed, but in moderation, so no harm done.. Go ahead and enjoy whatever you like but in moderation..

  • my mum has a condition called multiple sorosis. she thinks sweeteners had something to do with it because when she was a teen she had sweeteners instead of sugar. as a result my sister and I aren’t allowed sweeteners which are in a lot of things.

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

  • We have a large grocery store that carries Hispanic foods (caters to the Hispanic community) and the amount of the Artificial Sweeteners in their store is astounding.

  • If one uses monk fruit be careful because some unscrupulous companies cut it with maltodextrin with is a sugar and very bad for your health. Irithratol seems to be the best.

  • Aspartame was linked as an investigatory agent in the development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as well. The reason saccharine came back on the market is when they looked at the original test data that showed there was a problem, they were using doses that were far above anything anybody would ever come close to using in daily life. They had to go back to some of the earlier studies where they were actually using what you might use. It eventually prompted a test we’re sucking on a new dime for 10 or 12 hours a day could cause a problem. But nobody suggested taking dimes off the market.

  • for me, sugar free of anything cause panic attacks for me, last time I had it, it went to ER, thought I was going to die and have a heart attack or stroke. I dont even chew gum anymore. or use tooth paste containing sugar free.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

  • They forget mention that the aspartame fucks with the chemicals in your brain and that’s what make you want to eat more. So that’s the big Link!!!

  • Hi Stephanie,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • I drank a 24 can case of Diet Pepsi a week for about 10 years. I had major health issues from this. When I’d run out of Diet pop of any kind, I’d get very moody and short tempered. There’s something very negative with aspartame. It also kept weight on me, but after I quit drinking pop/soda that contained aspartame the weight melted off. The same thing happened with my sister in-law, once she stopped drinking diet pop/soda she lost a tremendous amount of weight. I’m not saying that aspartame causes weight gain, but for people who have issues (like I had) this chemical has an effect when it comes to losing weight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Taylor & Francis

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

    Published online 2013 Nov 12. doi: 10.1080/10937404.2013.842523

    PMCID: PMC3856475

    PMID: 24219506

    Sucralose, A Synthetic Organochlorine Sweetener: Overview of Biological Issues

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lies check out http://www.sweetmiseryapoisandworld.com and http://www.vaxxed.com and http://www.prescriptionfordisaster.com and http://www.burzynskinovie.com this information can be confirmed by doctor Joseph mercola at http://www.mercola.com get your facts right

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Videos like yours With your cheery smile are dangerous.

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

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

  • This is glorious, I have been researching “clean bulk calories calculator” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you ever come across Senictoria Bulking Paradise (just google it )? Ive heard some awesome things about it and my cousin got great success with it.

  • I’m not sure but,if anyone else needs to find out about how many calories do you burn while chewing gum? try Jayceren Fat Result Method (should be on google have a look )? Ive heard some great things about it and my buddy got great success with it.

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

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

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

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

  • carbonated water is just as bad for my teeth as Diet Coke no different…the only difference is that Diet Coke as the added aspartame caffeine colourings sodium etc…

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

  • What happens to the Cyclamate that is absorbed? You mention it’s not completely absorbed and also that it’s not metabolized. Does it accumulate somewhere? Thanks!

  • Lies check out http://www.sweetmiseryapoisandworld.com and http://www.vaxxed.com and http://www.prescriptionfordisaster.com and http://www.burzynskinovie.com this information can be confirmed by doctor Joseph mercola at http://www.mercola.com get your facts right

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Aspartame is a neurotoxin.

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

    This is an airhead take.

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

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

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

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

  • Several doctors have told me not to drink diet pop/soda ever because of the artificial sweetener. There’s a reason why medical doctors tell people this. It’s not healthy. There’s the saying All Things In Moderation. I use natural (and sometimes organic) stevia in my teas and other things. Works for me!

  • 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:/

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

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

  • If one uses monk fruit be careful because some unscrupulous companies cut it with maltodextrin with is a sugar and very bad for your health. Irithratol seems to be the best.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • you should research studies that are NOT part of a corporate profit agenda. Research peer reviewed published science and you will see that aspartame is a neurotoxin and is directly linked to heart disease, strokes, cancer, and obesity. You must realize that banks and corporations control the studies that the majority see and that they care only about profit, furthermore the unhealthier people are the more profit they make. They control food and health profiting from both. Do more digging and dont be fooled by Big Brother. This video is misinformation.

  • As someone who studied science, anything which says it causes cancer, obesity and stroke is so broad and not specific. Therefore, you should always do your own research and do not believe everything you read online. Fake news are there to make money, gather views etc.

  • Need to be new research on diet sodas. It’s TRUE it does spike insulin when you drink it. I’m going to do an experiment by drinking diet soda while doing keto intermittent fasting and long term fasting knowing its going to kick me out ketosis for about a couple hours. I need some pleasure like diet A&W rootbeer or diet Dr Pepper. Strawberry Sparkling water is not bad. No sweeteners or calories.

  • I drank a 24 can case of Diet Pepsi a week for about 10 years. I had major health issues from this. When I’d run out of Diet pop of any kind, I’d get very moody and short tempered. There’s something very negative with aspartame. It also kept weight on me, but after I quit drinking pop/soda that contained aspartame the weight melted off. The same thing happened with my sister in-law, once she stopped drinking diet pop/soda she lost a tremendous amount of weight. I’m not saying that aspartame causes weight gain, but for people who have issues (like I had) this chemical has an effect when it comes to losing weight.

  • You know if I inject the sugar additives, equivalent ot your body weight into you. The same way they do in those scientific studies you would have cancer or just plain die as well. Its the same thing they do to the rats they test this stuff on. Make sure when you take something out of context. your the only one that knows the weak a$$ scientific study behind it. Now no sugar in high quantities is healthy period. It’s called common sense, try it out sometimes instead of false propaganda.

  • 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.

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

  • It is amazing how few sheep… I mean people do their own fact checking. These lazy drones would rather follow the herd. Medical Entertainment (guest speakers. TV doctors, authors selling fear, etc etc) lies about aspartame for speaker fees, ratings and book sales.

    Why not see what scientists without an axe to grind think. FDA approved in 1981 Aspartame is one of the most exhaustively studied substances in the human food supply, with more than 100 studies supporting its safety. No smoking gun has been found regarding the harm it can do except “people with a rare hereditary disease known as phenylketonuria (PKU) have a difficult time metabolizing phenylalanine, a component of aspartame, and should control their intake of phenylalanine from all sources, including aspartame. ” The US FDA has established an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 50mg/kg or 110mg/lb of body weight per day. I don’t believe many people are exceeding this. That is 237 cans of coke zero each day for a 125lb woman or 332 cans for a 180lb man.

    The case against aspartame is not based on any credible research. Coincidence is NOT causation is an important scientific premise. The case against aspartame relies on the belief that coincidence is causation. Enough said… medical entertainment is a multi billion dollar industry… always looking for new spins on health scare.

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

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

    Aspartame is a neurotoxin.

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

    This is an airhead take.

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

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

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

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

  • The fda is lying out their ass when the say ace k and sucralose are healthy. Remember when they said high fructose corn syrup was healthy? Then they admitted they fucked up

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

  • my mum has a condition called multiple sorosis. she thinks sweeteners had something to do with it because when she was a teen she had sweeteners instead of sugar. as a result my sister and I aren’t allowed sweeteners which are in a lot of things.

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

  • This video is pretty uneducated. Aspartame has been shown to worsen depression in studies and also put your body in fat storage mode. So those calories you eat along with the aspartame are being stored as fat. Calories in calories out still apply but there is different ways of your body using calories, it is way worse for your health to be excessively storing that fat. Do more research everyone

  • did you get money from soda companies for making this video? People drinking diet soda eat more because they start to crave more because of the 0 calorie artificial sweetness tricking their brain, not because everytime they think that they can eat more & everytime they actually end up eating more without any coincidence.

    Its is better to help people, rather than misguide them.

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

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

  • Anything Man made does not belong inside of you, period. You can gloss it up & make baseless defences for this Poison. Great Vid for Beginners with blinkers.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Aspartame can break down into a small amount of formaldehyde which is a Neurotoxin chemical compound

    Aspartame is created using a genetically modified bacteria it’s an amino acid compound

  • Several doctors have told me not to drink diet pop/soda ever because of the artificial sweetener. There’s a reason why medical doctors tell people this. It’s not healthy. There’s the saying All Things In Moderation. I use natural (and sometimes organic) stevia in my teas and other things. Works for me!

  • The bad eating habits are because of the soda… unlike a peppermint tea, the diet soda won’t help suppress appetite but rather create a craving… it basically temporarily disables the brakes for the signal to stop eating until you crash… that’s why they continue eating… so yes aspartame is contributing to weight gain. Maybe not directly but guilty by association.

  • Thank you for the clear up. Defiantly was a lot of BS around this whole sweetener. Only down fall to soda is just its bad for your teeth and can cost a lot of money if you drink it everyday. Never hurts to cut back on it or drink water between each soda to rinse out your mouth. You shouldn’t consume it so much because of the caffeine and sodium. It dehydrates you, and being dehydrated does a lot of damage to your body. So just keep that in mind.

  • I am one of those guys who likes to have a Diet soda once in a while.. All I feel is everything can be consumed, but in moderation, so no harm done.. Go ahead and enjoy whatever you like but in moderation..

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

  • Aspartame is bacteria poop and is owned by the biggest pesticide company on the planet. Guess who the pests are these days? Breakfast, lunch and dinner brought to you by the makers of Agent Orange.

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

  • Aspartame can break down into a small amount of formaldehyde which is a Neurotoxin chemical compound

    Aspartame is created using a genetically modified bacteria it’s an amino acid compound

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

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

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  • Aspartame was linked as an investigatory agent in the development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as well. The reason saccharine came back on the market is when they looked at the original test data that showed there was a problem, they were using doses that were far above anything anybody would ever come close to using in daily life. They had to go back to some of the earlier studies where they were actually using what you might use. It eventually prompted a test we’re sucking on a new dime for 10 or 12 hours a day could cause a problem. But nobody suggested taking dimes off the market.

  • for me, sugar free of anything cause panic attacks for me, last time I had it, it went to ER, thought I was going to die and have a heart attack or stroke. I dont even chew gum anymore. or use tooth paste containing sugar free.