News Roundup: Artificial Sweeteners

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New research published this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed emerging data indicating that artificial sweeteners may be associated with long term weight gain and increased risk of heart and metabolic disease.

This week’s news roundup brings a collection of articles related to the new findings on artificial sweeteners and what it means for our no calorie sweet tooth.

Artificial Sweeteners Are Linked to Weight Gain—Not Weight Loss. TIME. “’I think there’s an assumption that when there are zero calories, there is zero harm,’ says study author Meghan Azad, an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics and child health at the University of Manitoba in Canada. ‘This research has made me appreciate that there’s more to it than calories alone.’”

Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health issues. Medical Xpress. “Consumption of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose and stevia, is widespread and increasing. Emerging data indicate that artificial, or nonnutritive, sweeteners may have negative effects on metabolism, gut bacteria and appetite, although the evidence is conflicting.”

Artificial sweeteners could cause weight gain over time, review of studies says. ABC News. “’We found that consumption of nonnutritive sweeteners was associated with modest long-term weight gain in observational studies. Our results also extend previous meta-analyses that showed higher risks of Type 2 diabetes and hypertension with regular consumption.’”

Sorry, but artificial sweeteners won’t help you lose weight. Popular Science. “The good news is that the scientific verdict on this stuff is actually pretty clear. The bad news is that none of those artificial sweeteners will help you lose weight.”

Artificial Sweeteners Don't Help People Lose Weight, Review Finds. NPR. “The health effects of artificial sweeteners are important to study, because so many people use them. Another study published earlier this year found that a quarter of U.S. children and 41 percent of adults reported consuming them, most of them once per day.”

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