Are aspartame and saccharine products safe?

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Question from Sandra: Is it OK to use aspartame or saccharine products for sweetener?
Answers - Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. Like everything, moderation in all things. I did an extensive review of the literature on aspartame, and could see no harm in using it when it's part of a balanced and varied diet. If you are using it to lose weight, it has not been shown to make a difference. When you are baking, you can use fruit juices in place of sugar, like apple juice or prune extract, instead of a sugar substitute.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Food for Cancer Recovery featured Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about nutrition and how it relates to cancer recovery.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in July 2000.

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