• Named effects of long-term use of sweeteners

  • Canadian scientists have shown that consumption of artificial sweeteners (aspartame, Sucralose and stevia) in the long term may be associated with the risk of increasing body weight and worsening health. A study published in the journal CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), briefly about it it reports EurekAlert!

    Specialists conducted a meta-analysis of 37 studies (of which only seven were randomized controlled trials), in which took part more than 400 thousand people, each of them was observed in an average of ten years.

    The researchers found no consistent effect of weight reduction in the use of artificial sweeteners in the short term, whereas long-term use of sweeteners, as demonstrated by some studies, was associated with a risk of increased body weight, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

    "Given the widespread use of artificial sweeteners and the current obesity epidemic and related diseases, more research is needed to determine the long-term risks and benefits of sugar substitutes", — said co-author Meghan Azad.

    Previously, scientists showed, eating sugar causes in the nervous system animal relations, responsible for the inadequate perception of the caloric content of simple carbohydrates (natural sugar). Thus flies and mice, consuming food, people underestimate its calories and overeat.


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