A new study from York University, “had individuals report their diet over the previous 24 hours, after which they were categorized as consumers of artificial sweeteners (aspartame or saccharin), or high or low consumers of natural sugars (sugar or fructose). Diabetes risk was measured as the ability to manage blood sugars using an oral glucose tolerance test. Results showed that those who used artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, may have worse glucose management than those who don’t take sugar substitutes.”
Normally, weight loss is associated with several improvements in health. Artificial sweeteners are often used to help individuals cut calories and manage their weight as they are not digested by the body. However, the recent study suggests that the bacteria in the gut may be able to break down artificial sweeteners, resulting in negative health effects.
The researchers said, “‘We didn’t find this adverse effect in those consuming saccharin or natural sugars,’ says Kuk. ‘We will need to do future studies to determine whether any potentially negative health effects of artificial sweeteners outweigh the benefits for obesity reduction.'”
Click here to read more.
York University. “Sugar substitutes may cut calories, but no health benefits for individuals with obesity: The study suggests that the bacteria in the gut may be able to break down artificial sweeteners, resulting in negative health effects.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 May 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160524144705.htm>.