Most of the sugar substitute studies apper to have merit, but with much less generality than usually applied. In other words, there are a lot of sugar substitutes. Sugar alcohols are sugars that we digest very, very poorly so they pass few calories through the gut to the bloodstream, but they are indeed sugars. Stevia is a root. The controversial Aspartame is a methyl ester of phenylalanine dipeptide, etc., etc. Genaralizing about many chemically different substances as though they're the same is dumb. Hell, one study found that Stevia increased insulin sensitivity, which would make it good for Type II diabetics, but only an idiot would extend that finding (which still requires replication) to sugar alcohols or whatever.Personally, I like Stevia (which by the way isn't used in any diet sodas AFAIK), but my advice to others is always to enjoy sugar if they want and their health permits, but don't make it a friggin' food group. Moderation in all things.
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