artificial sweeteners

April 15, 2007 2:57am CST
You have Splenda, NutraSweet, Equal and Sweet and Lo available to you as artificial sweeteners. Considered an alternative to the 15 calories per tablesppon of sugar, artificial sweeteners have been on the market for over 30 years. But controversy states that artificial sweeteners have been linked to brain damage, multiple sclerosis, bladder problems and headaches. (1) Do you use artificial sweeteners (2) If yes, why? If no, why not? (3) Do you believe artificial sweeteners are safe?
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
16 Apr 07
1) I personally don't use any, except a little bit of sucralose in an occasional bottle of PROPEL. My husband uses Splenda in bottles/canned soft drinks. Other than that we do NOT use any artificial sweetners. 2) Why; aspartame was killing my husband. He became diabetic and the doctor could not get his blood sugar under control. He was also having memory problems and his eyesight was getting worse. He was on 3 meds twice a day and they were going to put him on insulin. Instead, I saw an article that said this was a "classic" problem with some diabetics who use aspartame. We removed everything with aspartame from our house and his diet. He uses Splenda in things that are already "sweetened" and stevia in things he sweetens himself. His blood sugar has been well-controlled for more than a YEAR now with just 1/2 pill once a day. His memory problems have stabilized; no new memory loss; but, old memories that were lost are now gone forever. His eyesight actually improved a little and is now stable. 3) Only safe in small amounts on rare occasions. Not everyone reacts the same way to artificial sweeteners. They CAN cause a lot of different problems and many of them are not noticeable until after prolonged use and after the damage has become permanent (irreversable). Here is a web site that collects articles about artificial sweetners - both pro and con - though the site is definitely "con" concerning aspartame:
• Canada
17 Apr 07
Thank you for your resourceful comments and response. I find it interesting that aspartame caused such an effect on your husband. Were there any other changes to his diet or activity when aspartame was removed? If not, then certainly I believe that his negative effects were due to the sweetener. If so, can you please comment on those changes? Thanks again.
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I use Splenda and Altern, they are both made from sugar and are much safer to use than the others you mentioned. Aspartame has the same poison in it that is in the sting of fire-ants and can cause kidney failure. Saccharine has a warning on it because it can cause cancer and other side effects. Even though I am a diabetic my doctor said I could still use sugar just not excessively. I do use sugar sometimes when cooking or in my coffee and I have been able to keep my glucose levels normal. Sugar is not the enemy, bad carbohydrates are what makes our blood sugar soar out of control.I'm just glad to have a choice when I need it.
• Canada
22 Apr 07
Yes, I agree. Be aware of how much artificial sweeteners you are consuming on a regular basis and adjust. I did an article for not too long ago on the very same argument that you stated... you can access the article through my website.
@Zelmarq (12567)
• Cebu City, Philippines
15 Apr 07
Anything in excess is always bad for the health. I have heard that artificial sweeteners contains aspertame which is hazardous to our bodies.
@brothertuck (1257)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I use splenda, I like the taste and it doesn't give me an aftertaste like some other artificial sweeteners. I have heard all about the safety concerns, like sacharin vs cyclamates, Sacharin is banned in Canada and Cyclamates are banned in the US. Sacharin is Sodium Sacharine, so anyone with a problem with salt and sodium will get a reaction from it, like headaches. Aspartame also has reactions to some people, though like a lot of things, not to everyone. Splenda has been going through some bad publicity because of it's marquee saying made from sugar, which it is, but it's not sugar, it's processed beginning with sugar cane, and chemically altered. Beyond that point I haven't heard what it supposedly can do to harm people. Stevia is one sweetener which is a natural derivative, I have tasted it but because of the higher price and lack of more availability, I haven't used it as more then to taste it. Any product, natural or artificial can have some sort of alergic reaction to some people, as long as it's not to the greater population, and most people use it judiciously then it is considered safe.
@anewlevel (173)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I've read that aspartame converts to formaldeyhde in the body. That can't be good. I very rarely use aspartame or aspartame-containing products. Splenda makes me feel weird so I avoid that completely. I think artificial sweeteners are safe, as long as they're not used excessively. In my opinion, using them everyday is excessive.
@rsa101 (28259)
• Philippines
15 Apr 07
I guess I do use that infrequently and try to avoid using that. I have pal sweet since its far more cheaper than splenda and other sweeteners. But they said that splenda is much more safer to used than others that uses aspartame as sweeteners. I guess if you would used it sparingly it wouldn't harm us.