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Old 05-14-2007, 02:24 PM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Even though many everyday foods — from cereals to chewing gum to diet beverages — are sweetened with artificial sweeteners, many Americans still wonder if these substances are really safe. Are they harmful? What are the possible side effects of regularly consuming them?

Sugar substitutes are compounds that offer the sweetness of sugar without adding to the calories or elevating blood sugar. These non-nutritive (i.e., no-calorie) sweeteners are highly concentrated; their sweetness ranges from 200 to 13,000 times sweeter than regular sugar. They are helpful for many people trying to cut down on the number of calories they consume, to lose weight, and to control diabetes.

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Old 05-14-2007, 02:32 PM
Location: Just a few miles outside of St. Louis
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Frankly, I don't think it's worth having to worry about any possible side effects from a fake sweetner. I'll stick to good ol' sugar! If folks would just eat in moderation, they would help themselves a great deal. Sugar is not "evil", it's just sugar. It's how much we consume that is the problem.
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