I,ve been battling with weak kidneys for the last few yrs,this week we found out that i am on the verge of needing kidney dialysis.Seems that the problem has been traced to the artificial sweeteners used in many sugarless products.We had heard of the bad affects of nutra-sweet & have shied away from it,i do not eat or drink many things in the last few yrs that contain sweeteners at all. Usually for Christmas,some family member will gift me a chocolate assortment with artificial sweeteners.A few months ago our oldest son brought home some butter pecan sugarless ice cream,a real dairy product. The taste of this ice cream is unbelievable,so he got more for me. This past summer we made our own ,homemade ice cream,sweetened with only maple syrup ,but it is so much easier when the weather cools to just buy ice cream.Over the last few months i have eaten a few boxes of this artificial sweetened ice cream & much of it within the past few weeks. Well, no more bought ice cream for me !! I had already cut all pain meds earlier this yr., as they too are detrimental to kidney health,i use a mixture of turmeric Z& honey for pain,it works quite well. So,we have alerted family members,no artificial sweetened gifts of any kind. If the herbal treatment & avoiding pain meds & artificial sweeteners works ,my kidneys should slowly recover without dialysis,i sure hope so. Let this be a warning to others who are on a sugar free diet,stay away from all artificial sweeteners if at all possible.We have been using maple syrup for quite a few yrs now with great results,i just have to eliminate a few more "good" tasting things from my diet.Maybe your reaction to the artificial sweeteners will differ,as we all have different chemistry,but consider this an heartfelt warning to beware. And so life goes on.