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Artificial sweeteners can make you gain those extra kilos

Artificial sweeteners can make you gain those extra kilos

The most important of the numerous limitations of the studies was the fact that these randomized trials, such as the ones done in these studies, are short term usually and do not include as mean people to be able to confidently say that the sweeteners used are actually causing them harm or are being beneficial in any way.

"Evidence that sugar consumption is fueling this epidemic has stimulated the increasing popularity of nonnutritive sweeteners, including aspartame, sucralose and stevioside".

To research further Dr. Zarychanski and a team from the University of Manitoba's George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation and the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, Winnipeg, reviewed 37 studies that followed over 400,000 people for an average of 10 years.

You may want to think twice about consuming artificial sweeteners again, according to a new study that connects them to long-term weight gain, increased obesity risk, and potential health dangers beyond one's waistline.

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"Caution is warranted until the long-term health effects of artificial sweeteners are fully characterized", Azad said in the release.

She continued: "Researchers have suggested that non-nutritive sweeteners may have adverse effects on glucose metabolism, gut microbiota and appetite control".

Azad suggests that consumers who turn to artificial sweeteners on the assumption that they're a healthier choice should to be cautious.

It's a tough question, Dr. Swithers says, in part because people who report they drink diet pop tend to be heavier and are more likely to have a family history of health problems than those who drink regular pop.

Azad's study didn't look into what it is about artificial sweeteners that could be triggering increased risk of so many issues, it simply points to a link.

In a study conducted by researchers in Israel, the sweeteners were found to alter the gut bacteria involved in processes such as metabolism and food's conversion into energy or stored fuel.

"Different bacteria are selected and that change may influence how much weight you gain on a long-term basis", Azad said.

Previous research explored an association among artificial sweeteners, obesity, and diabetes.

The study was published July 17 in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Artificial sweeteners were the product of the need to provide a sweet experience to the ones who were supposed to steer clear of natural sugar.

One potential positive effect of artificial sweeteners - not mentioned in the study - is that they reduce the chances of tooth decay.

For example, a person drinking a no-calorie soda might feel free to eat calorie-laden foods, Azad noted.

Numerous clinical trials this study drew on didn't align closely with the way people consume such sweeteners in the real world - for instance, trials generally give subjects diet soda or sweetener capsules, while ignoring other sources, such as food.