Why That Artificial Sweetener Might Not Be a Good Idea After All

Posted July 18, 2017

Use of artificial sweeteners may be associated with weight gain and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, a study claims.

The Food and Drug Administration has ruled that artificial sweeteners are safe, and sucralose, which was accidentally discovered by United Kingdom scientists while they were developing new insecticides, remains the biggest sugar substitute on the market, according to retail tracking service Infoscan Reviews and Information Resources, Inc.

Most of these consumers reported consuming artificial sweeteners once daily (80% of children, 56% of adults) and frequency of consumption increased with body weight in adults, according to the study, which surveyed almost 17,000 people.

Therefore, researchers warn everybody that artificial sweeteners are not what they seem, and they might lead to the apparition of certain health problems rather than their disappearance.

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In the most recent study, researchers analyzed 37 randomized controlled trials comprising 400,000 subjects and conducted by researchers associated with the University of Manitoba.

You may be reaching for artificial sweeteners thinking they're better for you because they have zero calories in drinks, sweets and other processed goods.

There are many theories on why artificial sweeteners may not be good for weight loss or health. When you take in that sweet taste, your body thinks high-energy food is to follow, Yanina Pepino, Ph.D., a researcher at the Washington University School of Medicine explained to us in our investigation of artificial sweeteners on weight control.

For their review, Azad and her colleagues weeded through more than 11,000 published studies, narrowing their review down to seven clinical trials and 30 long-term studies.

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Health sciences Prof. Meghan Azad was one of them, reaching for the low-calorie choices until she started researching them in detail. Sylvetsky Meni doesn't think having a diet soda here and there is bad.

Do artificial sweeteners help us lose weight? Their results were published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

When we also consider that a 2006 study by the National Cancer Institute of over half a million older adults concluded that there was no increased risk of cancer between those who drank diet drinks and those who did not, the evidence against the safety of artificial sweetners doesn't really stack up.

Many argue that artificial sweeteners are a large contributing factor to increases in bodyweight and poor control of blood sugars. Swapping sugary drinks for diet drinks that contain artificial sweeteners may condition the body to expect calories, which makes people feel hungrier.

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Nonnutritive sweeteners may also alter the body's response to sweetness over time, changing the way it metabolizes actual sugar, says Susan Swithers, a professor in the department of psychological sciences at Purdue University in Indiana. More research is needed to understand the long-term effects. She said the studies may have neglected other things that influence weight, such as exercise or overall diet.