Think you are drinking yourself skinny with a bottle of zero-calorie diet soda? Think again.
An increased awareness in the past year on the dangerous consequences of a high-sugar diet has caused many people to opt for sugar-free alternatives. This might have caused a rise in the consumption of artificial sweeteners. People are drawn to artificial sweeteners due to their zero-calorie appeal, but how effective are sugar-free alternatives at warding off diabetes and obesity?
New research from a study led by Brian Hoffmann, Assistant Professor at Marquette University, reveals that sugar replacements could possibly still lead to health problems like diabetes and obesity. Sorry folks, but binging on sugar-free drinks to appease your sweet tooth might have the same effect as downing an entire bottle of soda.
To test this, the team fed one group of rats a diet high in sugar, specifically glucose and fructose. Another group was given a zero-calorie artificial sweetener called aspartame. After three weeks on the diet, the researchers tracked the condition of their cardiovascular health and noted a significant difference in the amount of fat and amino acids in the blood samples of both groups.
The results also showed that artificial sweeteners alter how the body processes fat. They found that the sugar-free alternative, aspartame, accumulated in the bloodstream, negatively impacting the blood vessels and the body’s metabolic processes.
These findings conclude that both sugar and artificial sweeteners have a negative impact on our health and could lead to conditions like obesity and diabetes when consumed in excess. Using artificial sweeteners in your drinks comes at the cost of virtually no calories, but be warned that you are not safe from diabetes either!
As with any dietary component, consuming sugar or artificial sweeteners in moderation are the key to leading a balanced diet. If you have a sweet tooth, you do not have to go completely sugar-free because our body has the capacity to handle and process sugar, when consumed in safe amounts.