WEB DESK: Do people ask you to use artificial sweeteners? Are you using them to cut your calories intake? A study warned that these sweeteners may obese individuals and they may also have negative health effects.
Jennifer Kuk from York University’s school of Kinesiology and health science in Canada says, “Our study shows that individuals with obesity who consume artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, may have worse glucose management than those who don’t take sugar substitutes.”
There are many new sugar substitutes that are used in foods and beverages and are marketed as ‘sugar-free’ or ‘diet’ including soft drinks, chewing gum, jellies, baked goods, candy, fruit juice, ice cream and yogurt.
Individuals reported their diet over the past 24 hours and were categorized as consumers of artificial sweeteners – aspartame or saccharin, or high or low consumers of natural sugars – sugar or fructose.
The risk of diabetes was measured the results showed that those who used artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, may have worse glucose management than those who don’t take sugar substitutes.
“We didn’t find this adverse effect in those consuming saccharin or natural sugars”, Kuk stated.
“We will need to do future studies to determine whether any potentially negative health effects of artificial sweeteners outweigh the benefits for obesity reduction”, Kuk added.
The researchers will conduct further investigation to determine any health effects of using these artificial sweeteners.