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artificial sweeteners... bad?(8 posts)

artificial sweeteners... bad?funknuggets
Dec 12, 2002 7:29 AM
I know, I know.. this should be on the nutrition board, but no one ever seems to post much over there. I just want to know if any of you know any specific studies that indicate any negative impacts of using sweet and Low or Equal as opposed to sugar.

Im actually gaining off-season weight faster then I would like this year and am trying to trim calories and saw this as an easy way to trim calories off coffee, tea, etc and thought I remembered someone telling me a while back that nutrasweet collects at the back of your brain or something like bizarre like that (which is okay, of course, because I never use my brain unless Im reading JS Haiku Shop's posts). I just wanted to know if Im better off just taking the sugar... and working out longer or harder to compensate.

I figured someone would know or be able to cite some research pointing one way or the other. Thanks!

Chris
Enforcing a bad habit...PT
Dec 12, 2002 8:10 AM
The odds of anything bad happening to you directly as a result of artificial sweeteners is remote. But they are evil all the same -- at least from the perspective of enforcing the notion that every other thing you take in needs to be sweet. They'll be times when sweet 'n low or Equal aren't available and sugar (high calories) will have to be substituted. Learn to consume and enjoy beverages (the number one source of useless/excess calories) that aren't sweetened in any form and watch the pounds melt away...
re: artificial sweeteners... bad?lemmy999
Dec 12, 2002 8:36 AM
I have read that nutrasweet causes carbohydrate cravings, but I am not sure if there is any proof to this. I have also heard that it can possibly cause brain tumors. The story behind how it was approved for use is very shady. Several scientists thought it shouldn't have been approved, but when Ronald Reagan was elected (he was buddies with the guy that owned nutrasweet) he replaced the head of the FDA with a new guy that quickly pushed it through. I do not use artificial sweeteners. And the sugar alcohols are not that great either (my wife is a registered dietician and I hear her talking about this all of the time, but I forget the details).
'Nothing equals sugar'. Natural! Manage your consumption.nmSpunout
Dec 12, 2002 8:38 AM
Try Splendano excuses
Dec 12, 2002 10:26 AM
A health nut at work recommended this non-calorie sweetener about a year ago. Its mantra is that its made from sugar w/out the calories. I haven't seen a lot of marketing, but it is on the proverbial grocery store shelves.
Not aware of any long term studies, and I like the taste.
re: artificial sweeteners... bad?Rode Warrior
Dec 12, 2002 11:49 AM
I did read somewhere (wish I could remember where) when researching nutrition that the sweetner in these products, turns to a poison at temperatures over 90 degrees. I will try to find that today and let you know.

Steve
Check out www.dorway.comSTEELYeyed
Dec 12, 2002 3:36 PM
It is a website devoted to exposing the dangers of Aspartame. And you will find allot of that kind of stuff if you do search, it seems that if you have an allergy to the enzymes that are produced in the bodies breakdown proccess of phenylketonurics you could have some problems, if you have the allergy you would probably know about it by now. I avoid sugar this time of year because I can't burn it like I do during race season. I consider sugar and sweets as luxury food.............. use with caution.
Learn to avoid all sweetners...coonass
Dec 13, 2002 7:37 PM
Just do a Search for "Aspartame warning" and you can spend the next 3 months reading all the reports....(i.e.,
http://health2u.homestead.com/files/aspartame_warning.htm)
and 'natural' sugar is also called 'white poison' [so is white flour] they both deplete your body of vitamins, minerals, etc...