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Diabetes and Artificial Sweeteners?

Hi, Are diet drinks bad for diabetics? Like diet Snapple black tea? Please advise, thanks in advance.

Answer:

Diet drinks usually contain one of more artificial sweeteners. There are a number of studies which suggest that artificial sweeteners particularly aspartame can have negative effects on diabetics. One study was found to decrease insulin sensitivity while another suggests that aspartame effectively tricks the brain into thinking it has consumed sugar and so it responds the same way. Other studies that found people who use artificial sweeteners were heavier, more likely to have diabetes, and more likely to be insulin-resistant compared with non consumers. Depending on the product, Diet Snapple contains a variety of sweeteners, aspartame, sucralose and Acesulfame k, which have all been suggested to have negative health effects beyond diabetes. I would avoid artificial sweeteners wherever possible. If you do need to have a diet drink I would suggest looking for ones sweetened with Stevia. Stevia is a natural herbal sweetener and some preliminary animal studies have suggested it may even help regulate blood glucose levels. Stevia and Blue sky make diet soda sweetened with Stevia.

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