Artificial sweetening and health consequence
Artificial Sweeteners: Good or Bad?
Written by Alina Petre, MS, RD (NL) on October 4, 2019
What they are
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Artificial sweeteners are often the topic of heated debate.
On one hand, they're claimed to increase your risk of cancer and harm your blood sugar and gut health.
On the other hand, most health authorities consider them safe, and many people use them to reduce their sugar intake and lose weight.
This article reviews the evidence on artificial sweeteners and their health effects.
What are artificial sweeteners?
Artificial sweeteners, or sugar substitutes, are chemicals added to some foods and beverages to make them taste sweet.
People often refer to them as "intense sweeteners" because they provide a taste similar to that of table sugar but up to several thousand times sweeter.
Although some sweeteners contain calories, the amount needed to sweeten products is so small that you end up consuming almost no calories (1).
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