Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Diabetes and Obesity

obese-male-at-beach-ccNew Scientist posted an alarming post claiming that artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, could induce the development of glucose intolerance in mince and thus potentially in humans too. Artificial sweeteners are suspected of changing the functioning of gut microbes, responsible for promoting glucose intolerance. Eran Elinav at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot commented “The most shocking result is that the use of sweeteners aimed at preventing diabetes might actually be contributing to and possibly driving the epidemic that it aims to prevent,”

Non-caloric artificial sweeteners are synthetic alternatives to sugar that can taste up to 20,000 times sweeter. They provide no calories because we cannot digest them. Gavin Partington of the British Soft Drinks Association begs to argue that artificial sweeteners are safe: “Decades of clinical research shows that low-calorie sweeteners have been found to aid weight-control when part of an overall healthy diet, and assist with diabetes management,”

There seems to be a lot of conflicting research. Yet ultimately artificial high intensity sweeteners are a relatively new addition to our diet. Perhaps only time can tell and we are literally sitting ducks partaking in this experiment? What is your take on this?



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