Sugar substitute may increase risk of type 2 diabetes
Artificial sweeteners do cut out calories, but the risk factors associated with them may not be worth it.
Growing knowledge of the health risks correlated with a high sugar intake and obesity has lead to a rise in the popularity of no-calorie and low-calorie sweeteners.
However, while cutting calories can aid in weight loss, replacing natural sugars with artificial sweeteners can have the opposite desired effect and actually increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in already overweight adults.
A new study out of York University in Canada reports that people who regularly use sugar substitutes have difficulty managing stable glucose levels naturally.
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Since glucose intolerance is the basis of type 2 diabetes, this puts people who are regularly swapping out natural sugar at a greater risk for developing the disease.
Of the 2,500 adults observed in the study, the prime culprit in causing this problem was aspartame, the ingredient used in NutraSweet.
Researchers did not find this effect with saccharin but report that more testing is needed.
However, if you have a sweet tooth, you might want to stick with the real deal from now on.