Doctors have found a dangerous link between artificial sweeteners and diabetes after conducting a major study in Canada.
The study found that using certain artificial sweeteners actually decreases your ability to manage your glucose intake, which is directly linked to diabetes.
The study looked at sweeteners containing aspartame, which is used in Equal and NutraSweet brands, and found they had a negative effect on the body.
While they do help you to cut down the calories and potentially lose weight, the link to diabetes has many health professionals worried.
“Because of the potential health dangers and weight implications of natural sugars, use of low-calorie sweeteners has grown in popularity,” wrote the study’s authors in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.
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“However, there is surprisingly little research showing a long-term health benefit of low-calorie sweeteners.”
The study looked at almost 3000 adults and found those who used sweeteners containing aspartame had a lower tolerance to glucose.
Jennifer Kuk of York University’s school of kinesiology and health science, said: “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.”
Do you use sweeteners with your tea and coffee? Were you aware of the dangers associated with sweeteners?