Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Can Raise Blood Sugar: Researchers. Diabetics. Please note.
Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014
Artificial sweeteners may do more harm than good, when it comes to diabetes. New research shows fake sugars in diet soda, yogurt, and other foods consumed by millions can raise the blood sugar level instead of reducing it.
The findings, based on experiments involving mice and people, indicate zero-calorie sweeteners such as saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame can alter the population of gut bacteria and trigger unwanted changes such as higher blood glucose levels — a risk factor for diabetes, the Wall Street Journal reports.
"The scope of our discovery is cause for a public reassessment of the massive and unsupervised use of artificial sweeteners," said Eran Elinav, a physician and immunologist at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science and lead author of the study, which appeared in the journal Nature.
Although many people consume products containing zero-calorie artificial sweeteners instead of sugar to control their weight, the latest study suggests the risk may outweigh the benefits when it comes to managing diabetes. more
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