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Is artificial sweetner can trigger type 2 diabetes?

By Anonymous October 22, 2010 - 11:31am
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Aspertame is now a days used in almost all sugar free foods, soda etc. What is the effect of Aspertame on diabetes? If it does cause or initiates diabetes, why is it not banned from the food products? Also Aspartame is linked with cancer in lab animals, what is the take on that?

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Hi Anonymous,
Thanks for your question and for finding EmpowHER.
According to the American Diabetes Association, the thing that triggers or causes Type 2 Diabetes is too much eating and being overweight. That's it, plain and simple. The approved sweeteners are listed and explained here:
FDA/ADA Approved Artificial Sweeteners
In regard to artificial sweeteners causing cancer, here's what the Mayo Clinic website has to say, "...according to the National Cancer Institute and other health agencies, there's no sound scientific evidence that any of the artificial sweeteners approved for use in the United States cause cancer or other serious health problems. And numerous research studies confirm that artificial sweeteners are generally safe in limited quantities, even for pregnant women. As a result of the newer studies, the warning label for saccharin was dropped."
Here is the link to that page if you want to read more about it:
Mayo Clinic Artificial Sweetener Information
Hope that helps!

October 22, 2010 - 12:31pm
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