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Artificial sweeteners are often a topic of debate about whether or not they're considered "healthy". Rumors and speculation often pepper media outlets and social websites about different sweeteners and their potential effect they have on obesity, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and other diseases such neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease. As a non-user of artificial sweeteners, I never really put much consideration into their effects until recently. While volunteering at Sloan's Lake Rehabilitation Center performing meal service, a number of my duties will be to re-stock many items in the dining area. I recently discovered that the one thing that I inventory the most often are the modest blue, yellow, and pink sticks of artificial sweeteners. Interestingly, the packets weren't clearly marked with the contents so I couldn't tell which sweetener brand was in each packet. How can people use something if they don't understand what is in the packet? And is it good for them? I had conflicted feelings about giving patients something that could possibly be more detrimental. Second, while doing a journal club post write-up for Human Nutrition (NUT-3140) concerning fructose and its possible consequences on obesity and heart disease, I began "evangelizing" the discoveries in this particular study study to friends and family. Because of this, a couple folks asked me about artificial sweeteners and their security. When I had no response I understood that this was an important issue which I needed to learn more about. I felt a much stronger conviction to learn what components were in each packet and if there were any advantages or disadvantages to using these products. Artificial sweeteners have been offered in many different types from human packets to.