September 1998 Issue

Sugar Substitutes Still Have Sour Image, As Safety Issues Simmer

Controversy over the safety of sugar substitutes is anything but sweet. Yet, despite the continuing controversy, a recent national survey found that over 144 million American adults consume sugar-free products regularly—almost twice as many as a decade ago. Supporters of no-calorie sugar substitutes, like aspartame and saccharin maintain the sweeteners are safe in moderation. Critics, however, question their safety. One of the most vocal critics has been Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., executive director of

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