Artificial Sweeteners Can Cause Weight Gain and Other Health Problems

There has been a growing challenge to the use of artificial sweeteners, and a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), backs that up. In a weight-obsessed society, such artificial sweeteners as aspartame and sucralose are finding themselves in all kinds of uses of foods, but their effect seems to be somewhat opposite. Instead, they may be associated with long-term weight gain and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Based on the random controlled trials observed, it was revealed that there is no clear support for “the intended benefits of nonnutritive sweeteners for weight management, and observational data suggest that routine intake of nonnutritive sweeteners may be associated with increased BMI and cardiometabolic risk.” In other words, don’t think that using artificial sweeteners are going to help you reach your weight loss goals. A much more comprehensive approach to the problem is needed.

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