What is the truth behind artificial sweeteners?

There is evidence that sugar consumption is linked to an increased risk of obesity which is linked to the development of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. As a result artificial sweeteners have become popular for those losing or maintaining weight as an alternative to sugar. However what is the truth behind artificial sweeteners – are they helpful?

According to a new review, evidence surrounding artificial sweeteners and their role in weight management is mixed. Some studies suggest that artificial sweeteners promote weight management, whilst others suggest that long-term consumption may be associated with increases in body mass index (BMI) and risk of obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, stroke and cardiovascular disease events. Overall the evidence so far cannot say if they are beneficial or not. Many limitations have been recognised with the evidence and it is clear that further research is necessary to determine a clear relationship.

Posted: 28/07/2017 09:34:58 by Sarah Cassidy
Filed under: Artificial sweeteners, Cardiovascular disease, Obesity, Type 2 diabetes


 

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