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Artificial Sweeteners

New Vitaminwater Swaps Sugar For Stevia, Grosses Out Fans

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business

Vitaminwater fans are seething over recent changes to their beloved sports drink. Quietly last month, the company began swapping out some sugar in ...

Shocking Sugar Facts

Laura Kumin | Posted 06.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Kumin

I'm not a sugar-hating fanatic. In fact, my credentials as a chocoholic and dessert-lover are unimpeachable. But I like to know what I'm eating. Whether it's sugar or anything else, don't try to slip one by me, please.

New Study: Diet Soda meets Straw Man

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.30.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A new study in the journal Obesity, comparing diet soda to water for weight loss, has resulted in extensive and worldwide media coverage -- some of it, to my surprise, directly involving me. My involvement derives from my published opinions about diet soda and artificial sweeteners, which thus far remain unchanged after reading the study in question.

The Not-So-Sweet Skinny on Sugar-Free Gum Sweeteners

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Chameides

If you like gum, perhaps sugar-free gum is part of your strategy for shedding some pounds while still enjoying some sweet masticating. But there may be a chemical downside to sugar-free gum. A downside that comes from the many chemicals that substitute for sugar.

The Most Terrifying Foods In The World

Posted 10.11.2013 | Taste

GMOs? Artificial sweeteners? Cheap hamburgers?

Does the Fizz in Soda Add to Our Sugar Cravings?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Adding fizz to sweet water, researchers suspected, doesn't just make soda taste good, it also might play tricks on our mind.

Your Brain Knows The Difference Between Sugar And Artificial Sweeteners, Study Suggests

Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living

Your brain's reward system knows the difference between artificial sweeteners and sugar, suggests a new study in mice. The study's researchers, from t...

7 Steps To Break Free Of A Sugar Addiction

Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D.

While most of us know that sugar is not the best substance to load our body with, many individuals struggle with tactics in actually breaking free of their addiction to sugar -- and yes, it can truly be an addiction.

Seeking Longevity? Eat Real Food

Andy Bellatti | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

While these healthful groups of people may appear to have widely different diets, there is one common thread: Their intake of processed foods, added sugars, trans fats, and artificial ingredients is minimal, if at all existent.

Diet Foods You Should Ditch For The Real Thing

Posted 07.19.2013 | OWN

By Corrie Pikul Think you're choosing a healthier option? Think again. As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and tre...

PHOTOS: 12 Sweeteners You Should Know

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living

A century ago, sweets got their treacly punch from ingredients like honey, molasses or even table sugar. Today, a glance at the ingredients on the pac...

Diet Soda May Be Worse For You Than Regular Soda

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.11.2013 | Healthy Living

Diet soda may seem like a far healthier alternative to regular pop, but a new study warns that this may not be the case at all. In fact, according...

Coke Announces First Stevia-Sweetened Cola

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 06.28.2013 | Healthy Living

Coca-Cola announced on Wednesday plans to sell the company's first stevia-sweetened Coke product, Coca-Cola Life, in Argentina beginning this week. ...

Milk, Right? What's in a Label?

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 08.22.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

What confusion we have in the world today! For example, ask most people where their milk comes from and they might say, "from the store." Ask them wh...

A Tart Look at the Most-Used Sweetener You've Never Heard Of

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.31.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

How sweet it is? Or isn't? If you avoid sugar and imbibe artificial sweeteners to avoid calories, you might be interested to learn about one of th...

Ruminations on Aspartame and Milk

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Little rumination is required to reach this conclusion: Cows don't make aspartame. But they don't make strawberry flavoring, either. This is relevant to a debate that involves a petition by the dairy industry to the FDA to change what qualifies as milk.

Aspartame Pathway

Dr. Joseph Mercola | Posted 05.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Mercola

Coca-Cola notes that "when aspartame is digested, the body breaks it down into aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol" -- and it is methanol that is one of the root problems with aspartame.

Scary Dairy Proposal: Aspartame in Kids' Milk

Tana Amen | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Tana Amen

While the dairy industry thinks we should embrace chemical sweeteners in our kids' milk to win the war against childhood obesity, in my upcoming book, The Omni Diet, I examine the case against drinking milk at all.

Thousands Angered By Milk In Aspartame Petition

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 03.08.2013 | Business

Consumer group SumOfUs is urging the FDA to reject a dairy industry petition currently being considered by agency, which asks that the requirement to...

ALL The Facts About Artificial Sweetener

Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS | Posted 02.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

People often ask my opinion about diet sodas. Many see them as a harmless substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages. Others are deeply distrustful of the artificial sweeteners they contain -- and there are plenty of scary rumors circulating on the Internet to bolster these suspicions.

The Sweet Life: Protect Yourself Against Sugar Toxicity and Diabetes

Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

Sweeteners condition our taste buds to want more sweet. Consuming excessive amounts of sugar triggers your brain and body to want sugar most of the time. If your blood sugar dips down, your body gets a signal to eat more sugar. It's almost as if your system has been hijacked.

Pepsi Adds Stevia

AP | Posted 09.25.2012 | Food

NEW YORK -- PepsiCo Inc. is launching a reduced-calorie soda in Australia that uses stevia, the first time the beverage maker is using the natural swe...

Organic Food vs. Conventional: What the Stanford Study Missed

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.06.2012 | Food
Robyn O'Brien

Stanford's report that organic foods may not be much healthier or more nutritious than their conventional counterparts has caused quite a stir. Food, clean from antibiotics, growth hormones and pesticide residue, should be a basic human right.

Does This Aspartame Make My Butt Look Fat?

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 09.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Kelly Dorfman

The safety of aspartame -- the artificial sweetener sold under the brand names Equal and NutraSweet -- has been the subject of many studies over the years. But despite all the hype about controversy, there is no aspartame controversy.

Sweet Nothings? Sugar Substitutes and Weight Gain

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

When man tampered with nature and uncoupled the sweetness sensory signal from caloric load, a pairing that we adjusted to for thousands of generations, our capacity to know when we had enough was eradicated.