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Andrea Earnest, Online Editor-In-Chief
A new study was published on Sept. 17 linking artificial sweeteners to obesity and diabetes.
While most people think that artificial sweeteners, like Sweet’N Low or Splenda, are better than adding natural sugar to food or drinks, the research shows it’s not true according to a study published by Nature magazine, which is an international weekly journal of science.
“Non-caloric artificial sweetener consumption is considered safe and beneficial owing to their low caloric content, yet supporting scientific data remain sparse and controversial,” said the study’s authors.
After a series of testing was done on mice, scientists found that the mice given artificial sweeteners had a higher level of blood sugar and an increased risk of glucose intolerance.
Fooducate.com also reviewed the study, and their researcher found the study to be valid.
“In reviewing the gut bacteria of 400 people, marked differences were found between those who regularly consume artificial sweeteners and those who don’t,” wrote Hemi Weingarten, a writer for the Fooducate site.
The results of the research indicate that artificial sweeteners may cause obesity or diabetes for select people.
This study is one of the first of its kind, as the effects of artificial sweeteners have not been highly researched. People may not have to give up their diet sodas just yet, but should be aware of the possible health side effects.