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Is it safe to consume artificial sweeteners during pregnancy?

Artificial sweeteners are sugar substitutes commonly used to add sweetness to foods and beverages without the calories of traditional sugar. The safety of artificial sweeteners during pregnancy has been a topic of discussion and research.

According to the American Pregnancy Association and the FDA, most artificial sweeteners are considered safe for consumption during pregnancy when used in moderation.

The FDA has approved six sweeteners, which include:

  1. Aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal)

  2. Sucralose (Splenda)

  3. Saccharin (Sweet’N Low)

  4. Acesulfame Potassium

  5. Neotame

  6. Advantame

These sweeteners have undergone extensive testing and are generally regarded as safe for the general population, including pregnancy, when consumed within established acceptable daily intake levels.


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