The effect of using artificial Sweetners.

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  1. ezzy1512 profile image58
    ezzy1512posted 9 years ago

    What are really the side effect of artificial sweetners in the human system?

    1. profile image47
      KathMarieposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I heard it does something to your brain.  A guy had small holes in his brain from consuming artificial sweeteners.

    2. flounderingsahm profile image68
      flounderingsahmposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      From what I understand, it also tricks your body in to believing that is going to be getting extra calories...when those calories don't get obsorbed, you actually end up eating more to compensate.  I've noticed this when I drank a lot of diet pepsi, I was always so hungry!  Moderate sugar or Stevia liquid is all I use now.

      1. livelonger profile image92
        livelongerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Wouldn't the same thing happen, then, with stevia?

        1. rebekahELLE profile image88
          rebekahELLEposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          from what I've read about stevia, there haven't been long term studies to really know about its effects to the human body. there is a site which talks about it.
             well, one or the other are not good choices. I agree...
          I don't drink it at all.  basically any ingredient with an 'ose' on the end of the word is a from of sugar.

          "When you drink a diet soda, your brain is getting feedback that you are having something sweet, but it is not getting any extra calories," he says. "People who have diet drinks also tend to eat more simple carbohydrates; they crave them because they didn't get them when the sweetness hit their tongue." If you are going to drink soda, Dr. Oz says to drink a regular one and do so rarely."  Dr. Oz

    3. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Sweeteners are based on a lot of different chemicals.  It is argued that some of them have toxic effects (for example impairing short term memory), but at the amounts most people consume them they are unlikely to really affect your health.

    4. sarovai profile image75
      sarovaiposted 9 years agoin reply to this


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    Brenda Durhamposted 9 years ago

    Interesting subject.

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

    I definitely avoid them if I can. Of course, right now I'm drinking a diet coke... I can't always...

  4. Lady Rose profile image62
    Lady Roseposted 9 years ago

    Sweets are only good if in their natural context, and even so, not too much of it is reccomended. Cancer thrives on sugar, so a total absence of sugar can actually rid of cancer cells.
    All that to say, sugar is good inside a fruit, a fresh juice, real honey, natural sugar cane juice, etc. This is about natural sweetenings.
    Artificial sweetenings are just pure poison and should not be ingested if you care about your health and your future.

  5. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 9 years ago

    aspartame is a combination of two amino acids, one of the breakdown chemicals being toxic methanol (the same stuff spewing from the oil spill). 'CH3OH. Methanol is the simplest alcohol and is toxic. At high concentrations, methanol can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and death. Acute exposure may cause blindness. Chronic exposure to methanol can cause liver damage.'

    it is not intended for human or animal consumption and is used in anti-freeze, paint thinner, windshield wiper, fuel additives.

    it's better to drink regular soda if you need your sweet drink.
    or try to wean yourself away from sweetened drinks. people are tricked into drinking these diet sodas because of fewer calories, so they drink more.

    1. Jeff Berndt profile image85
      Jeff Berndtposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      "it's better to drink regular soda if you need your sweet drink." Well, yeah, but regular soda is chock-full of high-Fructose Corn Syrup, which is also pretty bad for you. In large amounts, like any sugar, it'll eventually give you diabetes. Even in small amounts, it's been linked to various illnesses (pressed for time; can't find the link just now. Will later if there's interest.)

      I'd go with the "Throwback" versions of your favorite soft drinks. Those ones use sucrose (that is, table-sugar) from sugar cane. Sucrose, too (like any refined sugar) has its associated ill-effects (tooth decay, diabetes, &c), but it's the lesser of the evils.

    2. manlypoetryman profile image79
      manlypoetrymanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I just read about this last night, rebekahELLE. Thank you for sharing this with everyone. The article I read was entitled "Aspartame poisioning"...wish I had the link handy. stated...for the reasons you mentioned above...that it is similiar to poisioning! It is worth evryone looking into...if you ever eat or drink anything that is "Sugar Free". This morning...I found aspartame listed in the ingredients of my wife's "healthy" yogurt. needless to say...those particular yogurts are in the trash. I believe this particular ingredient has already contributed to alot of folks conditions. Look at the amount of diet sodas that some folks consume!

  6. southtexascowboy profile image61
    southtexascowboyposted 9 years ago

    I'm far from being an expert or a dietitian. However, natural sweeteners are better for your health. Some science researchers indicate that artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancers.

    Sugar is not a bad thing but to much of anything is not a good thing either. If you desire to sweeten without using sugar, try honey, natural syrups, fruit sugars or nectar as a replacement.

    Somewhere I recall reading about soda pop, soft drinks or what ever you would call Coke Cola or Dr Pepper drinks, but they contain as much as 14 teaspoons of sugar.

    Acesulfame Potassium (K) was approved for use by the FDA as a safe artificial sweetener in July, l988. Acesulfame K apparently produced lung tumors, breast tumors, rare types of tumors of other organs (such as the thymus gland), several forms of leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in several rodent studies, even when less than maximum doses were given. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, it was petitioned on August 29, l988 for a stay of approval by the FDA because of "significant doubt" about its safety.

    Foods containing saccharin no longer carry a label stating that the "use of this product may be hazardous to your health ...contains saccharin which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals." This warning was lifted in 2001 by the American FDA as saccharin no longer has been connected to cancer in human beings:

    There are a dozen other brands of artificial sweeteners which have not had sufficient studies over long term use. My suggestion, while use something that sincerely doesn't taste as good as natural sugar anyway. Although if you can't have sugar, then use other natural sources first.

    1. Pcunix profile image90
      Pcunixposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Why in earth  do people drink this junk?

      Water. Juice.  Good for you.  Milk in moderation,  coffee, tea. Still good for you.

      It amazes me that people don't understand this.

    2. psycheskinner profile image83
      psycheskinnerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      What research has linked sweeteners to cancer?  I see people say that but I don't think it;s true.

  7. vocalcoach profile image96
    vocalcoachposted 9 years ago

    You are risking your health by using artificial sweeteners, altho' I understand the toxic chemicals found in these products can take years to put you at risk.

    Why not use "Stevia"?  It is an herb, very sweet and poses no risks.

  8. ahostagesituation profile image77
    ahostagesituationposted 9 years ago

    I don't like Stevia, especially for cooking.  I like Agave...what I like most though is sugar.  Even for diabetics it's fine in moderation.

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    miolunaposted 9 years ago

    Problems with health...


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