[quote]D Public wrote:
Artificial sweeteners may not effect the body to any noticeable degree, but they definitely influence human behavior.[/quote]
I’m inclined to believe this is due to gut flora, as described in this article:
[quote]Bill Roberts wrote:
It may well be the case that artificial sweeteners disrupt the gut microbiota. It’s demonstrated in animals, not proven in humans, not disproven either.[/quote]
I found a studying demonstrating similar gut flora alterations in both rats & humans:
It’s behind a paywall, but you can still view the extract. The authors have also linked the regular consumption of artificial sweeteners to glucose intolerance, but I’d have to read the whole study before I’m convinced.
Yeah but, Stevia tastes like bitter shit.[/quote]
I don’t get that. It works pretty well for me, but maybe my taste buds are damaged. Others complain about the bitterness.[/quote]
I’ve heard Stevia can have a bitter, licorice-like taste if you use too much of it, but I haven’t used it enough to confirm this.
As other have already said, I suppose the best answer to the artificial sweetener dilemma is “always in moderation.”
But let’s be honest - artificial sweeteners are added to supplements purely for marketing purposes. Personally, I couldn’t care less how a supplement tastes so long as I’m getting the physiological benefits, but this may not be a common opinion.
I think Brain Candy is a fantastic energy supplement, even without the added caffeine, but since it has artificial sweeteners, I’m hesitant to use it often, which means I’m not going to buy it as often.