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Artificial sweeteners can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes

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Is artificial sweeteners good?

Artificial sweeteners can cause weight gain, increased risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, according to a recent study.

Today, hundreds of thousands of Swedes use sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose, to avoid sugar and other fast carbohydrates. Increasingly research suggests that artificial sweeteners can have a negative impact on our health. This, of course, is surprising because artificial sweeteners do not contain any calories, which makes most people think that they lose weight if they use them instead of sugar.

Read also Sweeteners and weight loss.

The new study examined the effect (of artificial sweeteners) on weight and heart disease. The study, which was a summary of several other studies, had a total of 400,000 participants.

The results showed that artificial sweeteners did not provide any clear weight loss. Instead, people who ate artificial sweeteners had a higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.

“Despite the fact that millions of individuals routinely use artificial sweeteners, relatively few patients have been included in clinical trials of these products,” says the author Dr. Ryan Zarychanski, University of Manitoba.”

”Research shows that there are no obvious benefits of artificial sweeteners for those who want to lose weight.”

More research is simply needed before we know for sure the effects of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose. This is, of course, somewhat worrying because millions of people use these products on a daily basis.

The study

Nonnutritive sweeteners and cardiometabolic health:a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and prospective cohort studies. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2017; 189 (28): E929

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