redheaddee Posts: 2,005 Member
So, I am watching Dr. Oz talk about artificial sweetners and metabolic syndrome:

My question is what about stevia? It is a natural sweetener, but would it cause the same effects? I am thinking perhaps I should switch to Domino light which is part stevia part cane sugar so my body have a bit of sugar to process with my morning coffee. Thoughts?


  • redheaddee
    redheaddee Posts: 2,005 Member
    I feel like I am t to myself. However, they did actuall recommnd stevia, so I answered my own question.
  • wellbert
    wellbert Posts: 3,924 Member
    Dr. Oz isn't exactly a great source. I don't have time to watch the video, but I will share this:
    If you research sweeteners, you'll find a lot of internet sites and so-called experts blaming them for everything from cancer to athlete's foot.

    However, there is yet to be clinical peer-reviewed studies that show harmful effects from Aspartame at the level it is consumed in food. Aspartame is aspartic acid - it's derived from protein.

    Last I checked, something like 90+ countries have deemed it 'safe.'
  • He did say Steveia was ok (now). I've tried it and to me it tastes like licorice. I'd rather just not use anything.
  • DaddyM1
    DaddyM1 Posts: 18 Member
    I don't know about any of these claims, but I can tell you this from personal experience.

    For months I had been dealing with gastrointestinal problems. I was always in some sort of discomfort. My family doctor suggested I may have IBS.

    I went to see a gastroenterologist, and after a few minutes of describing a normal day, he suggested I not use artificial sweeteners AT ALL for a month and see what happens before we went any further.

    All my symptoms went away. Maybe it's coincidence. My doctor didn't seem to think so. I'll never touch them again.