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Why are some food and beverage companies removing aspartame from their products? Does this mean it’s not safe?
What is the best sugar substitute for people who have diabetes?
How many packets does it take to replace one cup of sugar in a recipe?
Could I completely eliminate sugar if I switched to artificial sweeteners?
Does aspartame cause headaches?
Which sugar-substitute is healthy & good for me since there are so many options on the market? I am presently using Splenda.
I heard from my doctor that Splenda or sucralose is extremely harmful to the liver especially over a period of time. Has there been extensive studies conducted on sucralose and the liver?
I have been using sucralose for about a year now to help manage prediabetes. I use it every day in my coffee & oatmeal. Recently, however, I saw that the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is linking sucralose to leukemia and other blood cancers. Is this true and should I refrain from using sucralose?
Does sucralose cause gastrointestinal problems such as excessive gas, acid reflux or irritation of stomach?
Does sucralose make you gain weight?
I have heard that sucralose causes Multiple Sclerosis-like symptoms. What were the findings of sucralose on the central nervous system?
I have been drinking at least 3 cans of lemon diet cola for at least 4 years. I heard last night that Stevia causes cancer. How should I proceed? I made an appointment with my doctor but that is a month away, I have thrown out the three cases I had at I am home. Are other products tainted? I have not seen Stevia printed on any other cartons. Please let me know as I am concerned.

Does Stevia sweeteners cause cancer? My Wife said she heard it on TV.

Does the sweetener stevia have any chemicals in it?
I have read that low-calorie sweeteners add to belly fat supposedly because they are not natural, the body does not process them like food, but stores them as fat. Is this true? Also, I have read that Stevia, because it is a natural substance, from a plant, does not contribute to belly fat like the others do.
Does Stevia neutralize calcium intake?
I understand that some Stevia products have a bad taste or after taste. Which brands more palatable?
Are cookies made with stevia sold in stores? If so, what brand, and what stores sell them?
What is the difference between regular stevia and Stevia in the Raw?
Can stevia be used like sugar in retarding fruit spoilage? For instance -- cutting strawberries in half and sprinkling layers in a jar w/sugar will keep them in the fridge for longer than it ever takes my family to eat them! Will stevia work this way?
If I wanted to substitute Stevia for pure cane sugar in baking, what would the ratio of Stevia to sugar be?
I have started a ketogenic diet. I am also a restaurant owner. I’m loving the whole concept. I am trying to learn more about using stevia in some of my recipes. For example, I have a recipe that I use 3/4 cup of sugar in a sorbet. Can I use liquid stevia, stevia extract or a powder/granule style of stevia.

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