A study presented at the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting looked into the biochemical effects of artificial sweeteners in rats.
Researchers fed one group of rats a diet high in glucose or fructose, different types of sugars, and another group a diet with aspartame or acesulfame potassium, common zero-calorie artificial sweeteners. After weeks of research they found, "significant differences in the concentrations of biochemical, fats and amino acids in blood samples," according to a press release.
"As diabetes and obesity become a rising worldwide health concern there has been an increased awareness of environmental factors, such as diet, that are contributing to the problem," the study says. "However, it was not until recently that the negative impact of consuming non-caloric artificial sweeteners in the place of sugar had been increasingly recognized as a potential contributor to the dramatic increase in diabetes and obesity, along with the associated complications."
The results of the study found that artificial sweeteners change the way bodies process fat and sustain energy.
Researches also saw that acesulfame potassium appeared to accumulate in the blood, with increased amounts having more harmful effects on cells that line blood vessels.
The FDA has associated aspartame to minor adverse reactions and life-threatening conditions that include:
•Change in vision
•Nausea and vomiting
•Insomnia / sleep problems
•Abdominal and joint pains
•Change in heart rate
Steer clear of artificial sweeteners and go for the more natural sweeteners. Agave, honey, or raw can sugar are great alternatives to the fake, artificial sweeteners that are detrimental to your health.
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