Artificial sweeteners linked to overweight, heart problems, and diabetes

News 17 July, 2017
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    Monday, 17 July 2017 12:40

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    Turn to artificial sweeteners that contain no calories to replace the sugar may be a bad idea, according to a study from the University of Manitoba published Monday in the Journal of the canadian medical Association”.

    After reviewing 37 previous studies involving 400 000 people, the researchers in Manitoba have noted that the consumption of these sweeteners, such as aspartame is linked to risk “relatively high” gain weight, have high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as to suffer from heart disease.

    “These sweeteners could have negative effects and there is no strong evidence that they are beneficial. This would be a good idea to avoid them,” said the professor at the University of Manitoba in charge of this study, Meghan Azad, to Global News.

    “The caution that the long-term effects of sweeteners are well understood,” she stated through a press.

    It is for this reason that his team is conducting another search to determine how the consumption of artificial sweeteners among pregnant women, influence weight gain, the metabolism and the wildlife gut of their fetus.

    “Because of the widespread use of sweeteners, and their progress, as well as the epidemic of obesity and associated diseases, further research is needed to know the long-term risks and benefits of these products,” said Meghan Azad.

    The study of the University of Manitoba focused not on the reasons for the consumption of sweetener could be harmful to the health. However, Meghan Azad said that it could be related to the fact that the people who drink, for example, a soft drink without calories will say that they can eat more.

    “People who use artificial sweeteners or diet drinks think that they can eat cake. They transfer their calories to other foods,” said the researcher at Global News.

    Biological mechanisms may also be at work. The metabolism and fauna, and gut may also be affected by these sweet products that do not contain calories.