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What are the pros and cons of using aspartame as a sugar substitute?

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Aspartame, aka NutraSweet and Equal, is a mix of 2 amino acids that sweetens with almost no calories.

The FDA says more than 100 studies have shown that aspartame is safe.

Some people say aspartame gives them headaches or leaves them dizzy or affects their moods. But studies haven't linked those symptoms to aspartame. People who have phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare metabolic disorder, should avoid aspartame.

From: Stevia and Sugar Substitutes WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society: “Aspartame.”

FDA: “Is Stevia an ‘FDA approved’ sweetener?” “What refined Stevia preparations have been evaluated by FDA to be used as a sweetener?” “Additional information about high-intensity sweeteners permitted for use in food in the United States.”

NYU Langone Medical Center: “Stevia.”

Harvard School of Public Health: “Artificial Sweeteners.”

Mayo Clinic: "Possible health benefits of sugar alcohols."

American Diabetes Association: "Sugar Alcohols."

Joslin Diabetes Center: “What are Sugar Alcohols?”

Center for Science in the Public Interest: “Sweet Nothings.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Aspartame.”

FDA: “Is Stevia an ‘FDA approved’ sweetener?” “What refined Stevia preparations have been evaluated by FDA to be used as a sweetener?” “Additional information about high-intensity sweeteners permitted for use in food in the United States.”

NYU Langone Medical Center: “Stevia.”

Harvard School of Public Health: “Artificial Sweeteners.”

Mayo Clinic: "Possible health benefits of sugar alcohols."

American Diabetes Association: "Sugar Alcohols."

Joslin Diabetes Center: “What are Sugar Alcohols?”

Center for Science in the Public Interest: “Sweet Nothings.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

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