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Artificial Sweeteners

Posted by Mary Ann P.

I've heard that just the sweet taste of an artificial sweetener will cause your body to react as if you were eating actual sugar. Is this true?
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Mayo Clinic says.... I was interested in your question because recently, I had read or heard the same thing - that your body reads artificial sugars like it would a real sugar. This didn't make sense to me, as many diabetics can safely use artificial sugars and not have it harm them in any way. After a bit of research, I came across some information from the Mayo Clinic website. According to them, artificial sweeteners will not raise your blood sugar levels. The reason, however, they are lower in calories is because less of the sweetener needs to be used because it is typically so saccharine sweet. They mentioned that diabetics would only be affected by a food with artificial sweetener if it contained excess carbs or proteins.
artificial sweeteners are scary. I understand that for some individuals it may be the best option, but for regular healthy adults...stay away. Three of the leading artificial sweeteners are ?accidents? that reached human lips because scientists didn?t wash their hands after experiments and later noticed a sweet taste on their fingers. Cyclamate (1937) and aspartame (1965) are byproducts of medical research, and saccharin (1879) appeared during a project on coal tar derivatives. They all pose several known health risks. Just keep your sugar intake low, and stick with natural, less refined sweeteners whenever possible.
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