You’re Sweet Enough

The next time you pour Sucralose, Aspartame or Stevia into a beverage in hopes of being healthier and perhaps even losing weight, consider this: there’s little data about the long-term effects of these non-sugar sweeteners on your health. And a new study from the University of Manitoba finds they may actually be linked to weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes.

These findings come from a large review of research covering more than 400,000 people. It showed no link between these sweeteners and weight loss, and a definite link to higher risks of weight gain and obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health issues.

boxes of 0 calorie Equal sweetener

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The full study results appear in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

 

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