Sugar-free sweetener's health hazards have been revealed, Report
London: New research has found that non-sugar sweeteners don’t have any significant benefits for health when used instead of regular sugars.
To investigate the potential benefits and dangers of increasingly popular non-sugar sweeteners, researchers from the University of Freiburg, Germany, the University of Pécs, Hungary, and the Université Paris Descartes, France, released a new analysis.
After assessing participants’ weight, blood sugar (glycemic) control, oral health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, mood and behavior, the finding was published in a Journal that showed that overall there was no strong evidence to suggest that taking non-sugar sweeteners had any benefits for health when compared to taking regular simple sugars.
The team also added that potential harms of non-sugar sweeteners also cannot be ruled out.
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The previous studies have also suggested an association between the use of non-sugar sweeteners and health outcomes such as body weight, diabetes, cancer, and oral health.
Acesulfame K, a sweetener 200 times sweeter than sugar contains the carcinogen methylene chloride, and may have potential to cancer-causing risk. This chemical is used in dietary supplements and desserts. As it also stimulates insulin release, it can confuse your body’s satiety signals and could cause you to over-eat.
Sucralose, majorly found in bakery products, frozen yogurts, chewing gum and pastries, is 600 times sweeter than sugar and should be consumed sparingly. As Sucralose and Aspartame (Sweetener used in diet cokes) induce sugar cravings and can make you reach for sweets, which will eventually contribute to weight gain. According to a research ” They throw off the body’s ability to know how many calories it needs.”
It is advisable to make wise choice when cutting down on your sugar intake and avoid using artificial sweeteners to stay healthy.