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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:

  Yes, foods only1%2%
  Yes, beverages only28%21%
  Yes, foods and beverages    59%    66%
  No, don't like taste1%2%
  No, concerned6%5%
  No, other2%2%

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