EATING ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS INCREASES THE RISK OF OBESITY AND HEART DISEASE
Aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, acesulfame potassium (aka-acesulfame K) or cyclamate, these artificial sweeteners are believed to be linked to the risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health problems.
Artificial sweeteners may be associated with long-term weight gain and an increased risk of obesity , diabetes , high blood pressure and heart disease, according to a new study released on July 17, 2017 in Canadian Medical Association (CMAJ) Association Journal). This study complements a previous study published in October 2016, which indicated that artificial sweeteners can stimulate appetite in the brain.
THE LYING OF THE BENEFITS OF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
The consumption of artificial and natural sweeteners has become very popular in recent years. They are found in many foods in the agri-food industry. Often proposed as a substitute for sugar under certain diets, artificial sweeteners would be outlawed. The emerging data from this study is an alert.
Indeed, researchers indicate that artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners can have negative effects on metabolism, intestinal bacteria and appetite, although the evidence is conflicting. Especially because of the power of the agri-food industry that privileges their turnover more than the health of consumers, and the shape of the study. Anyway, artificial sweeteners, as well as detestable energy drinks , are products of the industry, and vigilance is a must if you are consumers.
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To better understand whether the use of artificial sweeteners is associated with long-term negative effects on weight and heart disease, researchers at the George & Fay Yee Center at the University of Manitoba (Canada) a systematic review and analysis of 37 studies that followed more than 400,000 people for an average of 10 years. Only 7 of these studies were randomized controlled trials (the gold standard in clinical research), involving 1003 people followed for 6 months on average.
The trials did not show a consistent effect on artificial sweeteners on weight loss and longer observation studies showed a relationship between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and relatively high risks of weight gain and d obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.
“Despite the fact that millions of people regularly consume artificial sweeteners, relatively few patients have been included in the clinical trials of these products, ” said the author, Dr. Ryan Zarychanski, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Science of the University of Manitoba. ” We found that data from clinical trials do not clearly predict the expected benefits of artificial sweeteners for weight management,” he adds.
The researchers say caution is warranted until the long-term health effects of artificial sweeteners are fully characterized. Also, the Research Institute of the Children’s Hospital of Manitoba is undertaking a new study to understand how the consumption of artificial sweeteners by pregnant women can affect weight gain, metabolism and intestinal bacteria in their infants.
Finally, given the widespread and increasing use of artificial sweeteners and the current epidemic of obesity and related diseases, more research is needed to determine the long-term risks and benefits of these products.