STATES CHRONICLE – If you are trying to lose weight, it might be better to avoid artificial sweeteners. These substances are not only ineffective when it comes to weight loss, but they might also lead to the development of heart disease or other metabolic problems, such as obesity.
Do artificial sweeteners help us lose weight?
A recent study analyzed artificial sweeteners and discovered they might not be a sensible choice to replace sugar. Substances like stevia, sucralose, or aspartame might increase one’s risk of becoming obese over the years.
This is quite the opposite of their intended use, since artificial sweeteners have been developed to combat obesity. They are found in diet drinks or other similar products which people consume when they are trying to lower their sugar consumption and lose weight.
There are more studies on the effects of these chemicals on health, but their results are not consistent. Some of them show a connection between these substances and a higher appetite, but there’s still not enough evidence supporting this hypothesis. Therefore, researchers developed this new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Consuming such chemicals increases the obesity risk
This study is more extensive, as it put together data from 37 other studies. These contain around 10 years’ worth of information collected from over 400,000 participants. This is how they discovered the link between artificial sweeteners and an increase in waist circumference and weight.
Also, these chemicals led to more cardiovascular events or problems related to obesity. What researchers couldn’t observe were the deserved effects of artificial sweeteners, namely weight loss or the absence of metabolic problems.
Therefore, researchers warn everybody that artificial sweeteners are not what they seem, and they might lead to the apparition of certain health problems rather than their disappearance. People should avoid consuming the substances and opt for other methods to lose weight.
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