Artificial sweeteners in various forms are pretty ubiquitous these days, showing up in nearly every food out there. These substances have even managed to find their way in to so-called diet, health and fitness foods which actually makes sense on paper. After all, most artificial sweeteners have virtually no caloric value, making them the obvious choice from individuals who want something sweet while trying to cut calories. Unfortunately, artificial sweeteners tend to carry more problems than benefits. In fact, these chemicals can often be counterproductive working against the very goals they claim to support. This contradiction is especially strong in protein supplements, where artificial sweeteners are commonly used. But what, exactly, is the problem with the inclusion of artificial sweeteners in protein supplements and other foods? Many kids aged 8 to 16 need a protein supplement in the event they are playing 4-5 hours a day in competitive sports. Parents are doing their own self help in nutrition... What do you feel?