Can I Use Nutrasweet and Aspartame While Pregnancy?

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QUESTION:

Dear Livitician,
Can you please let me know if Canderel™ and artificial sweeteners in general can harm the fetus? I am pregnant, in my 7th week, and I have a few spoons of Canderel™ a day.

Thank you.

ANSWER:

Hi,
I do not recommend you take any artificial sweeteners while you are pregnant. Canderel contains aspartame™, which still is showing some possible ill effects regarding carcinogenesis (cancer causing).

Please see Artificial Sweeteners May Make Weight Gain Easier for more details and research.

--Deborah A. Klein, MS, RD