Artificial sugar - aspartame/sucralose

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusG
    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.
    Neither one is very good. Sucralose is found to be worse and worse all the time. Don't buy into that "Made from real sugar" crap. That doesn't mean it's safe. There are no long term studies on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IHateGymMorons
    Neither one is very good. Sucralose is found to be worse and worse all the time. Don't buy into that "Made from real sugar" crap. That doesn't mean it's safe. There are no long term studies on it.

    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    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.

    Actually about 10% of aspartame gets absorbed. Not sure what the numbers are for the others.
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    acutally there some reported cases of nasty side effects with Splenda.

    http://www.mercola.com/2000/dec/3/sucralose_dangers.htm

    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.
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    thinkin of trying stevia myself..
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    For those who haven't read the FAQ yet, there is a sticky on bb.com in the nutrition forum (I think) about sweeteners.
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    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



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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildman536
    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.
    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 that
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    not JellY but Jello bro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildman536
    not JellY but Jello bro.
    *taffer gets out australian/american translator

    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by taffer
    *taffer gets out australian/american translator

    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
    oh, not a Prob.
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    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.
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    http://www.mercola.com/2004/oct/9/sp...nniversary.htm

    More Splenda dangers.

    BTW, Stevia is the safest sugar alternative. Most natural health and nutrition experts agree on that.
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