Recently, people have started realizing what harmful effects sugar can have. As a result, they have started consuming more products with artificial sweeteners. However, a new study suggests these aren’t too good either. It turns out such compounds often have the same effects as a diet rich in sugar.
People turn to artificial sweeteners to avoid sugar
More people are now concerned about their health, and have realized that excessive sugar is actually harmful. Therefore, they decided to replace it with something that seems healthier. This alternative consisted of artificial sweeteners that you often find in diet foods or products that contain no calories.
Researchers were a bit skeptical about artificial sweeteners, so they decided to find out if they really are so healthy. They performed a study and looked at the effects of aspartame and acesuflame potassium, which are the most common sweeteners in diet products.
To test the chemicals, they fed some rats a diet high in such sweeteners. After three weeks, they returned to assess the health state of the animals. This is how they spotted some surges in the fat levels in their blood, as well as some other chemical changes.
These chemicals actually lead to obesity and diabetes
Such a situation is pretty worrying. If fat concentration stays high in the blood for a long time, this leads to diabetes and obesity. Also, artificial sweeteners have some other harmful effects as well. The body needs energy, and sugar is one great source. These chemicals do not feed the body sugar, but rather trick it into thinking it gets the energy it needs. Instead, it starts consuming other resources, such as burning muscle tissue.
Whenever the brain perceives a sweet taste and there’s no energy source there, it gets really confused. It also starts processing lipids improperly, and suffers sudden changes. These transformations are associated with the emergence of obesity and diabetes, so opting for products with artificial sweeteners is not a solution.
These findings have been presented during this year’s Experimental Biology meeting on Sunday.
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