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Are artificial "foods" safe?

In our quest to eat less sugar, less fat, fewer carbohydrates, or fewer calories, many of us turn to artificial sweeteners and fake fats. Products such as NutraSweet (aspartame), Splenda (sucralose), and Olestra (an artificial fat) have all been approved by the FDA under great pressure from the food industry, at least once against expert recommendation. Because they have been used for such a short time, we really do not understand their long-term effects on human health.

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Research is conflicting on the safety of artificial "foods." In general, science demonstrated that natural, whole foods are the most nutritious and therefore the safest to eat. Chances are you will not die, or have any major health problems if you eat artificial foods sometimes. The consensus of health professionals is to consume artificial foods, or foods with artificial ingredients as infrequently as possible.

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