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Are artificial sweeteners bad for you? - The Dr. Hedberg Show
"The dose makes the poison."
Are artificial sweeteners bad for you? I recently received an email from another alternative medicine practitioner stating that “he couldn’t believe I recommended artificial sweeteners on my website!” My response was, “So let me get this straight if one of your patients asked you if she could have a Diet Coke once a month you would say no?”
So many things in our world have become so black and white that people have forgotten about moderation as a sensible way of life.
Artificial sweeteners have been taking a beating since saccharin was lynched in 1977 supposedly being linked to cancer despite no real sensible data on humans to support it. The amount of saccharin you would have to consume to potentially have negative effects would be 4 cans of Tab every single day (Who still drinks Tab?). Saccharin doesn’t really even exist anymore other than in Tab and a tiny amount in Sweet’N Low.
The main three artificial sweeteners in commercial use today are:
I’ll cut right to the chase, there is absolutely no evidence that long-term consumption of diet sodas consumed in a reasonable amount have any negative health effects. What causes negative health effects related to diet sodas is simply too many calories and people who drink diet sodas tend to already eat too much food. People who already eat a healthy diet and exercise tend not to gravitate towards diet sodas but if they want to enjoy them in moderation there are absolutely no health consequences in doing so.
What created the mass hysteria about artificial sweeteners?
A few studies on rodents showed that aspartame increased certain types of cancers but they were fed quantities of aspartame that no human could actually consume in a day. Imagine a pick-up truck with a big mountain of aspartame in the back and you would actually have to eat that mountain every day to possibly get cancer. Then imagine a single granule of that mountain as a single diet soda consumed in moderation.
Additionally, rodents do not metabolize aspartame the same way humans do so we can’t even effectively make similar conclusions from these studies.
What about sucralose?
A safe amount of sucralose is 5mg/kg bodyweight but most people don’t even co