The longer-term effects of artificial sweeteners could be quite opposite to their intended outcomes, with the potential to increase the user’s risk of obesity and heart disease.
A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests nonnutritive sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose and stevia could be increasing obesity risk and its associated effects over many years of use.
Originally developed as an alternative to sugar, artificial sweeteners are used in products such as diet soft drinks and sugar-free sweets in an effort to lower sugar intake and combat obesity. However, this research from the University of Manitoba in Canada suggests long-term use could have the opposite effect.
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Issue 10, Volume 11