20 oz can of non-diet beverage (17 tsp.of sugar)=250calories; one a
64 oz “Big Gulp” of
non-diet beverage (52 tsp. of sugar)=800 calories; one a day= 83 lbs/year
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of these low-calorie sweeteners. The American Diabetes Association accepts the FDA's conclusion that these sweeteners are safe and can be part of a healthy diet.
Saccharin (Sweet N Low, Sugar Twin)
Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal)
Acesulfame potassium (Sweet One, Swiss Sweet, Sunett)
How are sugar alcohols metabolized?
Sugar alcohols are usually incompletely absorbed into the blood stream from the small intestines which generally results in a smaller change in blood glucose than "regular" sugar (sucrose). This property makes them popular sweeteners among diabetics and people on low-carbohydrate diets. However, as for many other incompletely digestible substances (such as dietary fiber), overconsumption of sugar alcohols can lead to bloating, diarrhea and flatulence because they are not absorbed in the small intestine. Some individuals experience such symptoms even in a single-serving
quantity. With continued use, most people develop a degree of tolerance to sugar alcohols and no longer experience these symptoms.