Artificial Sweeteners Good or Bad for you?

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2014-09-30 14:24:00 -0500
Started 2014-09-20 08:26:00 -0500

Here's a CNBC article that refutes one of the "latest" news items that claimed that artificial sweeteners factored in causing obesity and diabetes.

I found it worth sharing…hope you do too!

19 replies

PetiePal 2014-09-29 11:19:40 -0500 Report

Personally I don't think there's anything substantial or conclusive STILL. I've drank Diet Soda the majority of my life, (if I had drank regular I probably would have been a diabetic much sooner!). I have a family history of Diabetes on both sides though through grandparents etc. My dad is a Type 2 as well since his 40s I believe. I was diagnosed somewhere around 28/29.

Stevia is ok, but I mainly use Splenda. It's a very minorly modified chemical process from real sugar so it's more natural than say Equal, and I abhor Sweet'n'low. Saacharin tastes like poison to me lol.

Now as for causing obesity, the only way I can see that is: If you drink a lot of "diet" and then think you can splurge elsewhere on other things yes that can lead to obesity. I don't think Equal or Splenda have deadened my taste for sweet nor made me crave it any more than I ever did. Simple facts for me are I need something that doesn't have calories or sugar to sweeten coffee/tea sometimes and it's a pretty good choice that's closest to sugar sweetener.

Type1Lou 2014-09-29 11:46:23 -0500 Report

Hi Petie! Like you, I choose to use Sucralose (Splenda) as a sweetener. We've seen so many contradictory studies over the years, not only about artificial sweeteners but about fats and cholesterol as well. I just wanted to put this out there. I thought Suzi Cohen make a convincing case for avoiding much of overly-processed and enhanced foods in her book "Diabetes Without Drugs". I, too, have a diabetes history in my family with my Dad, developing his in his early 60's. I was 27 when diagnosed with Type 1. I do now eat a low-carb diet with a large amount of unprocessed foods which I think is a healthier approach. Portion control is essential for anyone and especially so for us diabetics.

MrsCDogg 2014-09-24 12:04:02 -0500 Report

I figure that artificial sweeteners are like anything else. Too much of it isn't good. Like drinking wine. Too much isn't good for you but a little now and then won't hurt.

callie8 2014-09-24 10:34:35 -0500 Report

Am trying my best to use Stevia products.this is all natural but you still have to read the ingredients.I use the drops for coffee and tea.I have not done any baking with the Stevia substitute. Has anyone tried baking with this and how did it turn out??? I also ordered some Zevia soft drinks. made from stevia..but i figured it is still a cola and it isn't good for for me. Only thing Stevia has a bitter bite too it if you use too much. But it is me

dixichic 2014-09-23 18:54:05 -0500 Report

There was a full page write up in the Birmingham News called, "A Punch to the Gut". It was a good study done on mice that basically showed that artificial sweeteners interact in some way with the normal gut bacteria cause glucose intolerance thus higher blood sugar levels thus diabetes. It didn't specify Type II or I. I have resisted this due to my Diet Cherry Dr Pepper addiction!!, however being a medical professional, when presented with the right data and not just blanket statements I see that I will be putting that addiction and anything else with AS's in my history book. I've gone without before but kept going back. Even making lemonade with the frozen juice and SweetnLow is out. I know that 70 percent of our immune system is in our gut so this made sense to me. Of course, the study has not been done in humans yet and they said the jury was still out, however, one of the researchers has quit using AS's in his coffee. So there you go.

Skyl1 2014-09-23 17:22:46 -0500 Report

I have found that all artificial sweeteners have negative physical effects on me. I try to avoid them.

GabbyPA 2014-09-22 06:44:47 -0500 Report

They may find it safe, but I find most of them harmful to me personally. Neutra Sweet (aspartame) makes my body hurt after a time of consuming it. I feel sick inside in a way I didn't know until I stopped consuming it. I was drinking sugar free flavored waters or sodas and chewing sugar free gum for the most part...when I quit, so did the pain.

I also believe there is a link between telling our bodies we have consumed something sweet, but did not give it the calories that come with that sweet. Thus creating a craving circle to have those actual calories put into our bodies in other means, which often leads to over eating or eating other sweet foods. Sweet is an addiction, much like a drug. That's why we have such a hard time giving it up, and why food companies put it in EVERYTHING.

So they can say what they want. I keep that stuff to a bare minimum. When I consume Aspartame or Sucrulose (Splenda) occasionally, it's not bad. I cannot eat it every day.

So I do my best to avoid sweet anything, but if I must, I use stevia and stevia based sweeteners.

Pegsy 2014-09-22 20:24:23 -0500 Report

All artificial sweeteners cause digestive issues for me so I was never able to form the habit of using them. The only sweetener I use is stevia which is a natural, plant based sweetener. On rare occasions I will have real maple syrup or a taste of dessert made with real sugar. For me the real thing, infrequently and in small quantities does less harm.

haoleboy 2014-09-20 13:38:35 -0500 Report

The study that was cited can hardly be called unbiased as it was done by "The Calorie Control Council an international association of manufacturers of low-calorie, reduced-fat and "light" foods and beverages. Companies that make and use low-calorie sweeteners are among the Council's members."
That said …
I am pretty certain that artificial sweeteners had no role in my developing diabetes as I never used them until AFTER I was diagnosed. First changes I made when diagnosed was to switch to diet soda and using aspartame as a sugar substitute.
A1c was 11.0 and I weighed 325 pounds at diagnosis. 7 years later (I still use aspartame in my coffee) A1c is 5.8 and I weigh 165.


jayabee52 2014-09-20 13:26:01 -0500 Report

Refute, Lou? That is a pretty strong statement about a study where there are so many limitations and omissions:

"1.Consumption Levels — The study was conducted under circumstances not applicable to real life, with consumption levels at many times the typical intake.

2.Sample Size — With its small sample size in both the mice and human research, the study findings may not be applicable to all populations.

3.Study Period — The human trial was conducted over too short a period, with results inappropriately extrapolated and generalizations made despite the lack of confirmation from larger, longer studies with a more diverse population.

4.Lack of Evidence — In the mice study, subjects in the low-calorie sweetener groups did not gain weight, yet researchers concluded that the observed changes in microbiota or blood glucose response were related to obesity.

5.Lack of a Control Group — In the human study, there was no control group, which affects the generalizability of the results." (quoted from the CNBC article)

Limitations which IMO call into question the validity of the study.

jayabee52 2014-09-20 14:03:40 -0500 Report

oops, sorry Lou, The CNBC article refutes the Study by the The Calorie Control Council, I took it the wrong way. Sorry!

Type1Lou 2014-09-20 18:16:57 -0500 Report

No problem James…thanks for rereading it as I was beginning to think I had misread the CNBC article.

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