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Watch Out For Artificial Sweeteners Containing Aspartame

Artificial sweeteners can help people lower their sugar intake. However, a major ingredient in these sweeteners, aspartame, can harm your kidneys. In 2017, researchers examined multiple studies on the ingredient between 1980 and 2016. They concluded that aspartame injures the kidneys over time.

Splenda packets are in a clear plastic container on a coffee bar.
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Aspartame creates inflammation in the kidneys that could worsen renal disease. That said, the FDA has approved some artificial sweeteners for CDK patients. Sucralose and Acesulfame-K are generally safe as long as you limit your potassium intake.