[ExI] Dangers of coffee and black tea??

Adam Raizen adam.raizen at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 16:41:22 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 17:43, Tomasz Rola <rtomek at ceti.pl> wrote:

> After reading ("there" and "over there") some mixed opinions about
> artificial sweeteners I have decided to either not have it sweet or eat
> plain old sugar if I wanted some fun in my mouth. Since there is so much
> money pumped in, even if a-sweeteners are actually not so nice we may
> never know (I remember a story of tobacco funded "research").

Western culture has a strong bias against anything 'artificial' and I would
think that extropians would be less likely to suffer from this. Some
sweeteners are actually claimed to be harmful by some people, whereas some
are only opposed as a general principle against artificial things. I think
that the artificial sweeteners on the market today are safe, but I do try to
avoid aspartame, since it seems to be the most likely to be harmful if any
artificial sweetener is. Sucralose (aka splenda) both tastes the best in my
opinion and doesn't seem to have anyone claiming specific harm from it, so
that's what I use. In any event, refined sugar leads to metabolic syndrom
and type-II diabetes, coronary heart disease, etc., so there's always a

> Besides,
> there are still fresh fruits and honey, which are probably the best sweet
> thing (to eat).

Fruit is probably the best, but it does still contain sugar, so in
immoderation it's probably as harmful as candy.

Adam Raizen <adam.raizen at gmail.com>
Timendi causa est nescire.
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