Saturday, 23 September, 2017

The truth about artificial sweeteners might make you sick

Artificial Sweeteners Are Linked To Weight Gain And Diabetes Artificial Sweeteners In Diet Fizzy Drinks May Be Making You Gain Weight
Jerome Frank | 18 July, 2017, 00:43

"Turn to artificial sweeteners that contain no calories to replace the sugar may be a bad idea, according to a study from the University of Manitoba published Monday in the Journal of the canadian medical Association".

Azad said that the lack of benefits gathered from the studies and questions about the possible harm artificial sweeteners might cause should give people pause when using them, especially for those who think sweeteners are a healthy alternative to sugar.

It's been an ongoing debate.

A growing body of evidence further links artificial sweeteners to weight gain and other negative health effects, as scientists continue to evaluate the impact of zero-calorie sugar substitutes and its routine consumption.

Diet soda sales have tumbled as consumers, turned off by studies on artificial sweeteners, have switched to bottled water, teas and energy drinks, instead. "They transfer their calories to other foods", said the researcher at Global News.

Considering that two-thirds of all adults in the US are overweight and about one-third are obese, many Americans are interested in shedding a few pounds. This is how they discovered the link between artificial sweeteners and an increase in waist circumference and weight.

The conclusions of a new systematic review by Azad et al. that low calorie sweeteners might be linked to risk of weight gain and heart disease on the basis of findings from observational cohort studies are not supported by the collective evidence from well-designed human intervention studies and previous thorough systematic reviews and meta-analysis. While more research needs to be done, from what we know now, "there is no clear benefit for weight loss, and there's a potential association with increased weight gain, diabetes and other negative cardiovascular outcomes", says Azad. Another study published earlier this year found that a quarter of USA children and 41 percent of adults reported consuming them, majority once per day.

"More research is needed to determine the long-term risks and benefits of these products". And observational data suggest that the people who regularly consume these sweeteners are also more likely to develop future health problems, though those studies can't say those problems are caused by the sweeteners.

The trail showed no reliable effects of artificial sweeteners on the loss of weight.

Over ten years, the increases in weight and Body Mass Index, or BMI, was modest. "It really affects everybody", she said. Bottled-water consumption in the USA hit 39.3 gallons per capita past year, while carbonated soft drinks fell to 38.5 gallons, marking the first time that soda was knocked off the top spot, according to recent data from industry tracker Beverage Marketing Corp.

Azad would like to see a lot more research on the long-term use of sweeteners, in particular studies that could compare the different sweeteners, to see if one is any better than another.

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