Do you or your child with diabetes consume foods or beverages that contain artificial sweeteners?
Yes, foods only
Yes, beverages only
Yes, foods and beverages
No, because we don't like the taste
No, because we're concerned about artificial sweeteners
No, for other reasons
Do you or your child with diabetes consume foods or beverages that contain artificial sweeteners?Poll dates: December 23 - 30, 2001
Total Votes: 532
Prior to carbohydrate counting and fast acting insulins (Humalog and Novolog), artificial sweeteners were the only way most people with diabetes were able to enjoy sweets and keep to their meal plan. Today, it's possible to incorporate just about any food or beverage into anyone's meal, as carbohydrates are covered with an appropriate amount of insulin.
For many people, artificial sweeteners are an important part of their life. You need only walk down the soft drink aisle at any grocery store. People with diabetes often use artificial sweeteners, especially in soft drinks, to avoid huge infusions of carbohydrates. A typical sugar-sweetened soft drink contains around 50 grams of sugar per can. That's a lot!
In recent years, rumors have circulated on the Internet about a government and industry conspiracy to hide information about the toxicity of artificial sweeteners (especially aspartame) from the public. However, scientific studies do not support these claims.
This table compares the results of this poll with an identical poll we ran in October 1999:
Answer 2001 1999 Yes, foods only 1% 2% Yes, beverages only 28% 21% Yes, foods and beverages 59% 66% No, don't like taste 1% 2% No, concerned 6% 5% No, other 2% 2%
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