BATON ROUGE, LA — You might want to think twice before drinking diet and sugar free drinks because they could cause you health problems.
"I use splenda two, maybe 3 times a day," said Bonnie Pittman, a Baton Rouge resident.
"Diet Dr. Pepper - it’s the only diet drink I like," noted Deborah Dubichen, also a resident.
"I do drink Diet Coke and I do drink Sweet 'n Low in my coffee," said Aaron Dixon.
Artificial sweeteners are everywhere, even a bottle of lemon water is sweetened with sucrose, but often times people overlook labels and focus on what they know.
Whether you use saccharin, which is in Sweet 'n Low, sucrose in Splenda or aspartame in Equal, they all have one thing in common; they are chemical processed and not good for your body.
Every choleric sweetener affects each person’s body chemistry differently, but it's no secret that artificial sweeteners are not good when consumed in large quantities.
"I probably should pay attention to how much aspartame I take in," noted Dixon.
But many people don't because they see the word "diet" or “sugar free” and assume it's low in calories and free of sugar.
"I've always wondered what’s going in my body," said Dixon.
But saving a few calories could be costing you.
"It's metabolized and absorbed differently in your body," said Sandlin Goebel, a dietitian at the Woman’s Hospital. “Every non choleric sweetener reacts different to everybody. Some people may experience some side effects, other people don’t, and it also depends on how much you're consuming.”
With each little packet containing both chlorine and other artificial ingredients, no one can really predict how your body will react.
Some of the low calorie sweeteners doctors recommend are stevia, agave or even honey.