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Q: Do artificial sweeteners raise blood sugar?

A: No. Sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose and stevia (touted as "natural" since it comes from a plant) contain no calories and no carbohydrates, so they have no impact on blood sugar.

However, artificial sweeteners can cause reactions, such as headaches or hives, for some. You may want to limit any sweetener to which you’ve had an adverse reaction.

By: Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, author of the upcoming Belly Fat Diet for Dummies (Wiley, October, 2012).

From our sister publication, REMEDY's Healthy Living (Summer 2012)

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 16 Apr 2012

Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015