Artificial sweeteners too may lead to diabetes, obesity

Artificial sweeteners too may lead to diabetes, obesity

Artificial sweeteners too may lead to diabetes, obesity

However, a new study by a team of researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin paints a darker picture of the much-loved artificial sweetener.

"Despite the addition of these non-caloric artificial sweeteners to our everyday diets, there has still been a drastic rise in obesity and diabetes", Dr. Brian Hoffmann, assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University and lead author of the study, said in a statement.

Ever since the artificial sweeteners have been present, people have been alerted about their possible health dangers such as multiple sclerosis and cancer.

The paper is being presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 conference in San Diego, where other experts will convene to discuss the issue.

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In the latest study, researchers examined the consumption of sugar or sugar substitutes in rats and their effects on cultured cells.

After three weeks, increased concentrations of glucose and the sweeteners adversely impacted metabolism in ways associated with diabetes and obesity.

Doctor Hyman says consumers need to be wary of artificially sweetened drinks labeled as "low" or "zero" calories that claim to be healthy -because they're not.

The 'artificial sweeteners seem to exhibit negative effects linked to obesity and diabetes, ' says Hoffman.

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Rats were fed diets high in glucose or fructose, which are forms of sugar, or aspartame or acesulfame potassium, which are common zero-calorie artificial sweeteners.

The researchers discovered that sweetener ingredients like acesulfame potassium were not being broken down by the body and began to have a harmful effect on the cells, which line blood vessels.

The body changes how it processes fat and receives energy from artificial sweeteners, the researchers report.

And after the trial period, it was found that the rats who had consumed a load of synthetic sweeteners displayed "biochemical changes in the blood that could potentially lead to alterations in fat and energy metabolism". It is well known that high dietary sugar was linked to negative health outcomes and the study suggested artificial sweeteners did, too.

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Despite these findings, Aisling Pigott, a qualified dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, told Newsweek that the results should be approached with caution. As more people turn away from sugar for health reasons, sugarless candy, diet sodas and other foods using the sugar replacements have grown in popularity.

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