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    Artificial sweeteners. Definitive list of negatives!

    1) They make you hungrier (by suppressing leptin/grehlin/peptide-Y) ??
    2) They make you crave real sugar ??
    3) They cause cancer ??

    What are the realities? Any links for more reading are appreciated.

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    just personal experience, they make me feel hungry even after i've eaten
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    !) They are artificial and taste that way.
    2) What is wrong with honey, maple syrup, etc if you need something sweet?
    3) My taste-buds have grown up and I don't need a big sweet taste to be satisfied
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    I use them occasionally, but for the most part I just go without any sweetener. I use stevia or Splenda in my coffee (not a daily coffee drinker though. I wouldn't say it makes me crave sweets more, but it doesn't really satisfy my sweet tooth either. I will use honey unless I am trying to cut carbs/calories that day. In the end if I want something sweet that badly... then I just have something sweet and bad for me. Once a month or so... and it doesn't seem to have stalled my progress. Luckily I have always been a salty/savory lover!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuroraB View Post
    Loved the Mercola article. Exactly what I was looking for. Is Mercola unbiased and legit, or just another supplement selling quack?

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    There is generally nothing wrong with artificial sweeteners, apart from the scare mongering "OMG IF ITS NOT NATURAL ITS POISON CROWD!". That said I don't see why you should use them at all. Just use something like honey which at least has some benefits, if you have a sweet tooth. Personally I'd rather just stick to fruits if I want something sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnlyBodyWeight View Post
    Loved the Mercola article. Exactly what I was looking for. Is Mercola unbiased and legit, or just another supplement selling quack?
    I get his newsletter all the time. I don't read everything, just what grabs my interest. I tend to ignore the product section. I like that he references the info in his articles.

    I never did care for 'diet' anything. Always tasted funny, IMO. It's kinda strange, I know some people think aspartame is horrible and avoid it as much as possible but then use Splenda in it's place.

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    I'm sure others will have different experiences but for me, sugar-free sweeteners don't taste terrible. They actually taste just fine, unless I use too much in something. From my experience they do not make me crave sugar, they actually let me have that bit of sweetness that I need. I can afford the calories in real sugar, but I'm used to the artificial stuff, and I was never a big sugar user anyway. I'm not sure about the cancer causing thing, the studies done have said there's not a cancer link, but for all the chemical it contains, I'm pretty sure it's no worse than a SAD diet of chemical-laden processed foods.
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    To clarify, I don't care about the debate about taste, just the actual health and diet implications.

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