Concern on artificial sweeteners: A wolf in sheep’s clothing?
Medical experts like Dr. David Johnson, professor of medicine and chief of gastroenterology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, and Dr. Hannah Gardener, researcher from the University of Miami in Florida, have expressed grave concern about the potential long-term harm of artificial sweeteners contained in diet sodas and other common drinks and foods.
Many doctors and patients alike have the impression that artificial sweeteners are an ideal alternative to sugar since they impart a sweet taste to drinks and foods with a negligible number of calories. The sweetening effect of artificial sweeteners is really much more than sugar, such that only 30 milligram of aspartame would already have the sweet taste obtained with 5 grams (5,000 mg) of sugar.
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