Artificial sugar - aspartame/sucralose
- 10-05-2004, 06:26 PM
Artificial sugar - aspartame/sucralose
How harmful is artificial sugar? I never really bother until I say the bright logo "Does not contain aspartame!" on one product; it contained sucralose instead.
Apart from flavoured protein and the occassional diet soda, I don't think I take in any artificial sugar.
- 10-05-2004, 10:37 PM
Originally Posted by MarcusG
10-06-2004, 11:18 AM
Originally Posted by IHateGymMorons
I've read through pogue's FAQ on articficial sweeteners before. He's basically saying the preponderance of studies show that they are safe. Aspartame, sucralose have more published studies than potassium acesulfame which is considered to be the most untested.
The problem is that companies might have suppressed studies which show harmful effects.
I'd just like to know if there has been any more information since then.
10-06-2004, 11:44 AM
According to the tests, the compounds don't break down in the body and are simply excreted in the feces. This may or may not be entirely true, but with millions of people consuming the stuff every day, I'm sure the sides (if any) can't be too horrible.
10-06-2004, 11:51 AM
Originally Posted by Dan
Actually about 10% of aspartame gets absorbed. Not sure what the numbers are for the others.
10-06-2004, 03:48 PM
acutally there some reported cases of nasty side effects with Splenda.
If it never existed in any way pre-industrial revolution, that's a reason not to eat it. That's my philosophy most of the time.
10-06-2004, 08:32 PM
10-07-2004, 11:24 AM
For those who haven't read the FAQ yet, there is a sticky on bb.com in the nutrition forum (I think) about sweeteners.
10-08-2004, 05:18 AM
i like to think splenda is the "safest"
i really dont like mercola, he is a bit of a crackpot, most of his theory's are based on tests done on rats, where they were fed something like 9 times their bodyweight in aspartame per day, totally blown out of proportion
some people may have bad reactions to sweeteners, but its like that with any food, i mean some people cant handle milk, it doesnt mean its evil
artificial sweeteners have been around for 20+ years, so if anything really bad happened to a large amount of people, we would know about it, it sounds kinda crewl, but its like we tested them out on the 80's generation its not like everyones hands are falling off, there are a few cases here and there, but nothing too big to be worried about
thats my spin on it anyway
ps: first post here, i've just spent the last 1-2hours reading all the great threads! (in particular bobo's posts, and his amusing "discussions" with swolecat)
im learning tons, hopefully i can give something back thats useful! my brain hurts!
10-08-2004, 06:16 AM
i Drink alot of Diet Cokes ((Aspartame)) and have had no Problems.
Now when i Eat Sugar Free Jello ((Gelatin)) i get headaches, could be the Sweetner could not but since i stopped Eating SF Jello i havent been getting them.
10-08-2004, 06:36 AM
i dont touch sugar free jelly, not because of the sweetener, but because of the artificial colours and flavors, i belive that is the real killer in things like thatOriginally Posted by wildman536
10-08-2004, 11:46 AM
10-08-2004, 05:58 PM
*taffer gets out australian/american translatorOriginally Posted by wildman536
jelly = jello
jam = jelly
arse = ass
so i was talking about "jello" just we use the work "jelly" for the same thing here....confusing huh
10-08-2004, 07:28 PM
10-09-2004, 09:33 AM
According to someone I spoke to a while back who works as a quality control guy in the sup industry, acesulfame-K (acesulfame potassium) is actually the safest artificial sweetener.
10-09-2004, 12:02 PM
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