Busting Low-Calorie Sugar Substitute Myths

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As you’ve seen in this blog, I deal with a lot of myths and misinformation when it comes to artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame and sucralose. I try to correct them as they come up, but all the nonsense online can be hard to distinguish and remember.

So, I thought you all would like a one-stop-shop blog post that you can easily refer to the next time someone says something  untrue like, “diet sodas make you fat” or “artificial sweeteners cause cancer. Without further ado, here’s the first myth:

Myth: Low-calorie sugar substitutes contain “lethal chemicals”arrow-right-big-150x150

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 7:57 am


  1. Jenny Says:
    March 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Someone told me that diet pop was bad if not deadly for diabetics. She also said that her husbands doctor said if you want pop to have a regular pip once every two weeks. Is this a big myth or is there some truth to it?

  2. Katie C. Says:
    April 1, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Hey Jenny,

    Good question! Diet soda is a great tool if you’re a diabetic and trying to keep your sugars in check. Low calorie sweeteners found in diet soda have been thoroughly researched and deemed safe/useful by hundreds of countries and organizations, including the FDA, AHA, ADA and AND.

    If you’ve discussed your specific situation with a doctor and they’ve said to stop drinking sodas, then by all means, listen to your doctor! Otherwise, as with everything, moderation is key so diet sodas should be a part of a healthy diet full of fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grains.

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