Opting for artificial sweeteners or other sugar substitutes to help reduce calorie consumption? Beware! Because they may actually harm your health causing negative effects to your body, claims a study.
Though these artificial sweeteners aid obese people to cut down few calories, they may actually exhibit negative health effects. These sweeteners are broke down by the bacteria in the gut causing negative impact, said Jennifer Kuk from York University’s school of kinesiology and health science in Canada via his latest study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.
There are many sweeteners/sugar substitutes currently in market, termed as ‘sugar-free’ or ‘diet’ in the form of chewing gum, jellies, baked goods, candy, fruit juice, ice creams, soft drinks and yoghurt.
“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,” said Jennifer Kuk.
The team however didn’t find any negative impact among people consuming saccharin, which is natural sugars or early artificial sweetener. “We didn’t find this adverse effect in those consuming saccharin or natural sugars”, Kuk added.
The research study is not the first of its kind to find that there could be negative health effects through consuming food and beverage products containing artificial sweeteners. Food manufacturers today have much more sugar substitutes alternatives.
A 2008 study conducted by Duke University found that artificial sweetener Splenda can contribute to Obesity by reducing the beneficial intestinal bacteria and even hinders the absorption of prescription drugs. Pepsi in the previous year, responding to a research that suggested that artificial sweeteners may create more sugar cravings among people, thus leading to negative impact, has announced that it would get rid of aspartame from its beverages sold in the U.S.
The York researchers have considered the diet of individuals who consumed artificial sweeteners – aspartame or saccharin, or those who have taken high or low consumers of natural sugars. The researchers found that those who have included the artificial sweeteners especially aspartame, have shown worse sugar levels management than those who didn’t consider sweeteners.
“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.