How should we parse the conflicting human data on aspartame (Nutrasweet) intake and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, leukemia, and pancreatic cancer?
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What about the noncancer effects on the brain? See my video Aspartame and the Brain(http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Aspartame-and-the-Brain).
What about Splenda? Got a video on that too: Effect of Sucralose (Splenda) on the Microbiome (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/effect-of-sucralose-splenda-on-the-microbiome).
Is there any nontoxic low calorie sweetener? Erythritol is probably the best candidate: Erythritol May Be a Sweet Antioxidant (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/erythritol-may-be-a-sweet-antioxidant/), though we should probably get away from intense sweeteners, artificial or not. See, for example, Unsweetening the Diet (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/unsweetening-the-diet/).
More the potential adverse effects of drinking diet soda in Does Diet Soda Increase Stroke Risk as Much as Regular Soda? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/does-diet-soda-increase-stroke-risk-as-much-as-regular-soda).
How about this for a calorie reduction strategy instead: Eating More to Weigh Less (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/eating-more-to-weigh-less/).
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