Added Sugars: A Question for the Dietitian

I've been limiting added sugars from my diet. Are artificial sweeteners ok to use?


  • I’m not a dietitian, but I recommend Stevia. In its natural form, it’s one of the safest sweeteners out there. I’ve been using it for awhile with no ill effects.

  • @Nemo

    Artificial sweeteners are an ingredient where the fear mongering associated with the food is a bit overblown. I tend to disregard any animal study on artificial sweetener given the low quality of such studies. So if we look at the collective data, it seems that artificial sweeteners are safe for human consumption but it doesn't necessarily mean they are healthy. Research does tend to suggest that artificial sweeteners may alter our gut bacteria and increase our cravings for sugar (but so does sugar). In addition, evidence doesn't show that switching to diet drinks reduces weight gain.

    At the end of the day, my professional opinion is that artificial sweeteners are safe to consume but should be limited. With the option of regular vs. diet pop, I'd opt for diet but my preferred choice would be a carbonated water, such as La Croix.

    Hope this helps!

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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