Dr Oz: Artificial Sweetener Alternatives: Truvia, Stevia, Agave & Honey


Dr Oz did a segment called Artificial Sweeteners: Are They Dangerous? Fact vs Fiction.  Can Artificial Sweeteners cause Cancer?  Plus, Doctor Oz gave three alternatives to Artificial Sweeteners.  Dr Oz Truvia

Dr Oz: Artificial Sweetener Dangers

Dr Oz said that artificial sweeteners began in the 1950’s with Saccharin, which made soda taste sweet with no calories, which was perfect for dieters.  By 1977, Saccharin was at its peak and even though scientists thought it might cause cancer, the demand was so high that it kept it from being banned.  Today we have Aspartame, Neotame and Sucralose.  Soda is the most common place to find Artificial Sweeteners, but it can be found in 6000 products including baby food, frozen dinners and yogurts.  In fact, 15% of Americans use Artificial Sweeteners regularly.

FDA Approved Artificial Sweeteners

Dr Oz said that there are three main groups of Artificial Sweeteners approved by the FDA.  Aspartame products like Equal, Sucralose products like Splenda and Saccharin products like Sweet and Low.


  1. says

    I didn’t get to see the end of the artificial sweetners show, did you suggest one product over
    another? I currently use Splenda!

    Thank you for all you do to keep America healthy!

    Portland, OR

  2. Tammy says

    He said no to splenda! Splenda is bad because of all they do to make it into splenda. he says to use Stevia inatead. I buy truvia which is a brand name for stevia. I add that to agave for cookies and yummy!

    Agave straight taste like pancake syrup some and is great for pancakes too! both stevia and agave are wonderful for weightloss because it does not go to the hips and great for diabetics because the glucose levels are great for glycemic

    I have post-menopause and taking stevia and agave have caused the glucose levels NOT to flucuate like carbs and sugars do

    Love the stuff

  3. Joe says

    Truvia is more than a brand name of stevia, it uses a very small portion of rebiana (an extract of stevia) but is mostly Erythritol (a sugar alcohol) to remove the stevia aftertaste.

    Agave nectar is starting to also get a really bad rep in health circles as it is processed in a similar manner to high fructose corn syrup but trumpeted as a great natural alternative. As people become more health conscious it’s reasonable to expect a lot of ‘wolves in sheeps clothing’ when it comes to alternative products… it’s good to do fact checking even on what health promoters tell you. Natural foods and medicines are a *huge* multi-million dollar industry… always take what they say with a grain of salt or sodium substitute 😉

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