Concern with side-effects of artificial sweetener

Patient: Is there anything bad in Sainsbury’s SlendaSweet? i support someone with a learning disability and she has become very upset and worried that this is bad for her health. I feel it would be very useful for her to hear from a doctor about her concerns. Many Thanks




Doctor: Sainsbury’s SlendaSweet contains aspartame which is a low-calorie, intense artificial sweetener. Aspartame is 180 times sweeter than sugar, and it contains only 4 calories per gram.¬†While the use of aspartame does have some benefits, there is controversy over the safety and possible side effects. If taken within the acceptable daily intake (ADI), ¬†artificial sweeteners like aspartame are generally safe. But if a person is trying to loose weight this should not replace healthy living, exercise and proper diet.

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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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