- Q How safe is aspartame as a sugar substitute?
Jorge Cruise, FitnessAspartame was discovered by a chemist; you probably know it as Equal and NutraSweet. It’s found in thousands of food and drink products -- namely, diet sodas. Studies have shown that it can cause imbalances in your brain; aggravate migraines and... Full Answer
- Q How safe are sugar substitutes?
Jorge Cruise, FitnessSaccharin (pink packets), aspartame (blue packets) and sucralose (yellow packets) are known as excitotoxins, which contain neurotransmitters that “overexcite” neurons in the brain, causing degeneration and even death in these critically... Full Answer
- Q Can diet drinks promote obesity?
Brad Lamm - NASM Elite Trainer, FitnessOur "sweet" set-point is a mess - as a country. The numbers don't lie. We're the fattest industrialized nation in the world, and even as our sugar consumption has soared, so too has our intake of artificial sweeteners in everything from diet sodas to... Full Answer
- Q What are possible side effects of aspartame?
Dr. Lindsey Duncan, Nutrition & DieteticsAspartame is an artificial sweetener that's sold under the names of Equal and NutraSweet. Some studies have shown that aspartame may be carcinogenic and may affect brain function as well as contribute to health issues such as diabetes, birth... Full Answer
- Q What are the benefits of xylitol?
Dr. Eva Cwynar, Endocrinology, Diabetes & MetabolismXylitol, a sweetener, prevents tooth decay, rather than causes it, which is why it is often used in sugar-free gum as well as oral hygiene products such as toothpaste, fluoride tablets, and mouthwashes. Studies have shown that xylitol may also... Full Answer