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Should I Avoid Artificial Sweeteners?

Today’s post was written in response to a comment left on our post “Half and Half vs. Non-dairy Creamer- What’s the best for coffee?” We are fortunate that Emily Myers, a graduate student in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech, was willing to share her insights into this controversial topic. I know there are strong opinions both ways about artificial sweeteners, so please read with an open mind and make your decision based on what is right for you. You can also find more information about the research on artificial sweeteners in this publication: Nonnutritive Sweeteners: Are They Safe?

“Artificial sweeteners cause cancer!”

“Artificial sweeteners can help you lose weight!”

“Artificial sweeteners cause weight gain!”

Artificial sweeteners are a popular topic in the nutrition rumor mill. One day, an article reports they have positive benefits and the next day someone says they have negative effects. So what are artificial sweeteners and why are they so controversial?

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