The use of artificial sweeteners has been a heated subject of debate in recent decades. Although the producers claim they’re a perfectly safe alternative for sugar, the scientific community doesn’t agree with their view. In fact, there have been a huge number of studies which show the harmful effects of artificial sweeteners and their relation to serious diseases such as obesity.
A recent Canadian study has shown that aspartame, stevia and sucralose are actually responsible for the increasing obesity epidemic. As you probably already know, artificial sweeteners have been invented as a replacement for sugar and are commonly used in diet sodas, soft drinks and various other drinks and foods. They were supposed to lower the risk of obesity and other sugar-related disease, but science has found out that they’re doing the exact opposite.
And, although many studies have found a link between artificial sweeteners, diabetes and obesity, they’ve had largely conflicting results. In order to clear up any confusion, a scientific team from Canada analyzed 37 studies and 7 clinical trials on aspartame which examined more than 400 000 people over 10 years. The results were shocking – as the team conclude, aspartame was responsible for weight gain and increase in waist circumference, as well as high rates of obesity, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. The supposed benefits of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, weight loss and lower obesity rate, didn’t show up in the results.
According to the study authors Ryan Zarychanski from the Manitoba University, and Dr. Meghan Azad, this is a strict warning for the long-term effects of artificial sweeteners. “Given their widespread consumption and the current obesity epidemic, we need to study artificial sweeteners further in order to determine the long-term risks. However, our current research has revealed disturbing facts, and should be taken seriously,” Dr. Azad said.
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