Bariatric Surgery Success
#141 Sugar Substitute Update: Are They Safe to Use with Bariatric Surgery?
Want to grab some attention? Just combine the word ‘toxic” or ‘deadly’ with the words sugar substitute and that will do it. Low calorie and no calorie sweeteners are so popular but on the flip side, social media posts and other media headlines have created fear and uncertainty about using them. Are they dangerous or even toxic? It’s confusing and hard to decipher what is sound factual science against what is low quality science or even pseudo science. Award-winning dietitian Neva Cochran is back to cut thru the hype, share the sound science, and make sense of it all so you know what to do.
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Guest: Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
EP 122 with guest Neva Cochran: Should You Use Sugar Substitutes after Weight Loss Surgery
Neva and I cover a lot of helpful information in this podcast so you can make the right decision for your situation. Some of the many questions we talk about include:
There are so many names for sugar substitutes including artificial sweeteners, sugar substitutes and low and no sugar sweeteners. They actually fall into different groups such as sugar alternatives, sugar alcohols, and artificial or non nutritive sweeteners. Would you go over what sugar alternative or no sugar sweeteners belong in which group?
Recently, there were confusing headlines about sugar substitutes in general and another one specific to Sucralose. There is so much conflicting information in the news about sweeteners. Sometimes the information is accurate and reasonable and other times it’s unrealistic and even ridiculous in the real world. What is your take?
Is one sugar substitute better than another?
How much is safe to use?
Do you feel it varies between sugar alcohols and no sugar sweeteners with zero calories, even down to one specific sweetener over another?
Erythritol recently got some bad press too but there’s more to this story than the headline as well.
Neva, why do some people prefer one sweetener over another?
What else is in sweetener packets besides the low cal sweetener?
Neva, what is your bottom line advice to my bariatric community about non sugar sweeteners?