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30 Mar 2003

Sweeteners
I read somewhere that tea and coffee sweeteners contain dangerous substances.Is this so and what are the risks if one uses them?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Chip
A number of studies that originally implicated certain ingredients of non-nutritive sweeteners such as cyclamate and saccharine as causes of diseases such as cancer of the bladder, have been refuted by more recent studies. The current Internet stories about aspartame are also not based on sound scientific research, but are primarily anecdotal. Consequently there is no real reason why one cannot use these non-nutritive sweeteners in moderation, particularly for diabetics and individuals who wish to lose weight. Excessive intakes (e.g. drinking litres and litres of artificially sweetened cold drinks), of any food or beverage are not advisable - moderation is the key.
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DietDoc
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