A study has shown that consumption of artificial sweeteners results in Diabetes and Obesity.
Artificial sweeteners are one of the most common food additives worldwide, frequently consumed to enjoy sweetness in foods and drinks without the calories.
They apparently help people lose weight and, in diabetic patients, control blood sugar levels. but the latest’s study on this has clearly proven that diabetic patients are not saved by consuming artificial sugar as they could cause just as many health problems as regular sugar.
This development was revealed in a study led by Brian Hoffmann, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University.
The team fed two groups of rat’s diets high in regular sugar or artificial sweeteners including aspartame and acesulfame potassium. After three weeks a significant negative change was noticed in both groups of rats. These changes included the concentrations of blood lipids (fats) which is linked to obesity and diabetes.
“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. We also observed that replacing these sugars with non-caloric artificial sweeteners leads to negative changes in fat and energy metabolism,” Hoffmann explained.
Findings were presented on Sunday during the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting held in San Diego.
Meanwhile, the Researchers cautioned that the results do not provide a clear answer and the question warrants further study.
“Much of the research that points to negative impacts of sweeteners are based on animal studies, specifically mice and rats, so shouldn’t be applied directly to humans as we do have different metabolic pathways,” said Aisling Pigott, spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association.