Artificial Sweeteners Have Been Linked To Weight Gain

Artificial Sweeteners In Diet Fizzy Drinks May Be Making You Gain Weight

It says more people are eating and drinking artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, and stevia.

There are many theories on why artificial sweeteners may not be good for weight loss or health.

The health effects of artificial sweeteners are important to study, because so many people use them.

Surprisingly, the authors also support that 'evidence from RCTs does not clearly support the intended benefits for non-nutritive sweeteners for weight management', however, the selection criteria used for the meta-analysis of RCTs in this study led to the exclusion of several well-designed clinical trials that were included in a previous, thorough systematic review and meta-analysis by Rogers et al. Clinical trials are considered the "gold standard" of medical research, added Azad, an assistant professor of pediatrics with the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

Both types of studies have their pluses and limitations. Miller said when she tried to quit as an adult, she hated real sugar. "Those kind of factors confound what we are seeing in these observational studies", Wright said. But the links they find between habits and health issues are associations, not direct evidence of cause and effect.

According to researchers, the use of artificial sweeteners which is widespread and increasing is linked with the current epidemic of obesity and related diseases. There was a 32 percent higher chance of cardiovascular events for the heaviest versus lightest users.

"I don't think in dietetics practice we ever figure that switching to sugar substitutes is going to give you a significant weight loss alone", said Wright, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "But what the evidence is suggesting is maybe there's more to the story than that", said Dr. Azad, an assistant professor of pediatrics and child health at the University of Manitoba. Unfortunately, that's not how these sweeteners are typically used. Sylvetsky Meni wasn't involved in this study, but was an author of the study on the prevalence of sweetener use. This is how they discovered the link between artificial sweeteners and an increase in waist circumference and weight.

Other hypotheses suggest they promote a preference for sweetness, leading to further consumption of sweet foods and beverages, or may lead people to indulge in other ways. They may trigger overcompensation, they might confuse the body, or they may even alter a person's metabolism.

"Different bacteria are selected and that change may influence how much weight you gain on a long-term basis", Azad said. Since then artificial sweetener use has increased greatly in many other foods. The best advice would be to choose your sugar intake wisely and avoid sweet foods when possible, no matter how many calories they may contain. These days aspartame and sucralose aren't just in diet sodas and chewing gum but English muffins and toothpaste as well.

These differences also make it hard to say definitively whether nonnutritive sweeteners are bad for you.

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