Artifical Sweeteners - hot topic

By Aaron1977 Latest Reply 2011-03-04 12:52:40 -0600
Started 2011-03-01 20:44:31 -0600

I posted a discussion on Diet Coke a few weeks ago and got a lot of responses. Here is a follow up one since I got comments from my family as well.

My wife (the scientist) told me there is more scientifically proven evidence that washing fruits and vegetables will prevent illness than there is scientific evidence that aspartame or other artificial sweeteners are bad for you.

Being that she does cancer research for a living - her definition of "scientifically proven" is a little different than mine. But I did a quick search online and I couldn't find anything that didn't come from someone eventually trying to sell me something. Which - if you've seen my other posts - I don't believe anyone who is really only trying to sell me something. If they want your money - they probably aren't telling the truth.

Does anyone have any links from real scientific journals that proves artificial sweeteners are bad for you? Preferably ones that contain info about the studies performed, peer reviewed and repeated. I'd love to prove my wife wrong for once :)

6 replies

Gemm 2011-03-04 12:47:47 -0600 Report

Well, this may not be "scientific" but I know I don't use aspartame or saccharin because I get severely ill from both of them - docs said I'm allergic, so I go with that.

I love my sweets so when I developed critical hypoglycemia some years ago and had to remove all processed sugars from my diet and take care as to what and how much natural sugars I ate I was panic stricken. The doctor I was seeing recommended I try Splenda and so far I've had no adverse reactions to it. I stay away from the Splenda blends even now that it's gone to full blown diabetes because now that I've had sugar out of my diet for so long I get a real high then sluggish feeling when I do. So when buying things I carefully read all ingredients because even some things that will have the Splenda logo on the front still have some aspartame in them.

Anyone try to find a gum that doesn't have either sugar or aspartame? I think we have found 2.


CaliKo 2011-03-03 20:12:02 -0600 Report

Wouldn't you rather she be right and you can keep drinking diet soda? I guess you win either way, huh? I'm curious what she decides, please post another follow up.

Aaron1977 2011-03-04 11:54:53 -0600 Report

I'm probably going to keep drinking it anyway. It comes down to a quality of life issue. Artificial sweeteners have raised the quality of life for so many diabetics that I cringe everytime I see some study by fake scientists trying to scare you into purchasing their product or service. It's almost sad to see so many people jump on this bandwagon. I'm not just talking about soda. There is crystal light, splenda for baking, low sugar candies, pure protein bars, every Atkins product, sugar free maple syrup, the list goes on. My life would be awful without artificial sweeteners (or I'd be taking a boatload of insulin).

If there is truth behind the science - I'd love to know so I can make a more informed choice.

CaliKo 2011-03-04 12:52:40 -0600 Report

That's why I'm curious how this turns out. The only artificial sweetener I had begun using was an artificial maple syrup for my oatmeal, and I gave it up when I started reading all the stories. I miss it!