Artificial Sweeteners Also Trigger Diabetes, Obesity

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Scientists from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University spent three weeks studying rats who were already susceptible to diabetes.

The study showed that both sugar and artificial sweeteners can be harmful to the body, but more research is needed, the researchers said.

Every couple of years a new artificial sweetener comes out claiming that it's much better than the other artificial sweeteners around, which cause cancer and death, and are the worst thing that you can put in your body.

The findings of the most recent study to fling mud at artificial sweeteners were presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 conference, held in San Diego, CA, at the weekend.

Sugar substitutes were developed in the 20 century to offset the ill effects of sugar consumption in modern diets, from obesity to diabetes.

Earlier research had shown that artificial sweeteners could increase risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

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Despite the fact "most of these sweeteners were approved well before we had the technology to perform studies like my lab is doing", Hoffman said it's only when people "chronically consume" things like artificially-sweetened drinks that people should be concerned.

While replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners may seem like a good solution to lose weight or prevent diabetes, you may want to rethink that.

Researchers fed groups of rats diets high in sugar or artificial sweeteners including aspartame and acesulfame potassium. Researchers also looked at the impact of the substances on the lining of blood vessels.

"We observed that in moderation, your body has the machinery to handle sugar; it is when the system is overloaded over a long period of time that this machinery breaks down", Hoffmann said. However, the alternatives like flavored seltzer water and 5-Hour Energy shots can also use artificial flavoring and sweeteners, which come with their own set of negative health effects. "As with other dietary components, I like to tell people moderation is the key if one finds it hard to completely cut something out of their diet".

However, new research is finding that sugar replacements could pose just as dramatic health concerns as sugar.

"Overuse or excessive use of any products-including sugar or sweeteners-is not beneficial to health", Pigott said. "In addition, high levels of sweetener intake will still mean we are craving and desiring sugary foods without any "energy intake" and there are question marks about the impact of this on satiety".

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