Originally Posted by vabs
I'm going to go with the actual, reputable science on this one and continue having artificial sweeteners.
I've read as much as I could find about them over the years and am not convinced that they are harmful either physically or in weight loss efforts. I would prefer to not use them, but I don't want to use sugar anymore or go without sweet taste. I guess I consider artificial sweeteners (Splenda) a 'necessary evil', use it in moderation, and have had no negative reactions after years of use.
By the way, 'Natural' is not synonymous with 'safe'. There are many natural compounds derived from plants that are very dangerous. I would never use anything touted as 'natural' unless it's been in used widely for many, many years.