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Old Sun, Oct-14-18, 10:25
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Default Artificial (and Natural) Sweeteners

AS and NS have been discussed frequently in this forum. This is a reasonable summary of the information we have at this time.

From Colin Champ's blog in May 2018:
Sweet taste, sugar, and insulin-spiking carbohydrates all have their issues. To minimize one without the other does not circumvent any of these issues. Furthermore, how we deal with food is a symbiotic interaction between our body, brain, and the bacteria that reside within our gut. Artificial foods and chemicals may have unwanted effects on this interaction and can negatively influence our health.

Note that the jury is still out for Stevia, my infrequent "go to" if I want a sweet taste. More research is required.
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Rob, AS and NS certainly are complicated topics. For years eliminating NS ,using AS to fill the need for sweet. Years later, the need for sweet has decreased dramatically. But the concern for gut health looms bigger and the toss up between AS and NS creates angst within. Not good. That too hurts the body. Comes down to the lesser evil for each individual.

To complicate the issue aspartame seems to have a therapeutic effect, creating dopamine, and for me that is a plus.
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