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ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS & AFIB
ACCORDING TO DR SCOTT FREELAND AT THE 3 DAY CONFERENCE IN AUGUST, 2018, ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS ARE A TRIGGER FOR aFIB BECAUSE THEY "EXCITE" AND "MAKE THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM OF THE HEART HYPERACTIVE". THIS WAS THE FIRST I HAD HEARD ABOUT IT. AND, I HAVE BEEN USING ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS FOR YEARS AND NEVER KNEW THIS!
SO NOW I WOULD LOVE TO STOP USING ALL ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS(SWEET N LOW, SPLENDA, ETC) BUT DO NOT KNOW IF THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE. MY EPISODES ARE INCREASING IN DURATION, AND I AM SCHEDULED FOR AN ABLATION IN DECEMBER.
DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE IS A SAFER NON CALORIE ALTERNATIVE FOR ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS?
HJKMS, October 18, 2018 10:00pm EST
There’s monk fruit or stevia. Although natural according to Google, no calories but not without side effects for some.
tyneff, October 19, 2018 4:32am EST
Wonder if Xylitol would help you out. I use that as an artificial sweetener. No effects from it. Not good for dogs though.
Sunny186, October 19, 2018 11:10am EST
Thank you. I will consider all possibilities.....
Thumper2, October 20, 2018 8:04pm EST
Sunny186, how much sugar do you actually consume? If you are diabetic, that's one thing, but if not, it could be that you don't need any artificial sweeteners, but could simply use sugar. If you want to lose weight, sugar (by volume) has many fewer calories than fat or oil. I guess I'm wondering the reasons for your wish to use artificial sweeteners in the first place.
MellanieSAF, October 25, 2018 11:18am EST
Sugar is just 12 calories per teaspoon, which is fairly low. There are many other ways to cut that many calories out of your diet.
Sugar is also considered healthier than artificial sweeteners, some of which have been linked to cancer in animal studies, though not in human studies.
Sunny186, October 25, 2018 5:40pm EST
Thank you, Mellanie.
Sugar seems to stimulate my heart, thus I had been limiting my intake and using artificial sweetners.
But, may be better to just limit any sugar!