Understanding lupus

Is the artificial sweetener aspartame related to lupus?

Dr. Laura Coleman is a Registered Dietitian and an Associate Research Scientist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Wisconsin. She is also a member of the Lupus Now publication advisory board for the Lupus Foundation of America.

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There is limited research on the role of artificial sweeteners in contributing to lupus, and the research that has been done has had conflicting results. Whether or not you choose to use artificial sweeteners is a personal choice, and depends on what other health conditions, if any, you may have that warrant your avoiding regular sugar.  Talk with your health care provider if you are concerned about the need to use artificial sweeteners. 

Medically reviewed on July 21, 2013