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Artificial Sweeteners Are Tied to Long-Term Weight Gain, Diabetes Risk, Canadian Docs Say

Scientists at the University of Manitoba have found new evidence that confirms artificial sweeteners are tied to long-term weight gain, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, Global News reports. Artificial sweeteners also alter your gut microbiome, the researchers said.

While many people turn to diet products to compensate for calories they consume eating something else, this study shows that the long-term risks of this trade-off are worth considering. We’ve known for a while that aspartame intake is associated with greater glucose intolerance in people with obesity and that drinking aspartame-sweetened diet soda daily increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by 67 percent and the risk of metabolic syndrome by 36 percent.

And, as the new study shows, one way artificial sweeteners may increase diabetes risk is by altering your gut microbes. Sucralose (brand name Splenda) on the other hand, has been linked to leukemia — with the cancer risk increasing along with the dose. Since Splenda is found in 4,500 products, this is worth noting, and like aspartame, studies show that sucralose also may decimate your gut bacteria. As a group, artificial sweeteners may also increase your risk of depression by modulating brain neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.

This is why I recommend avoiding artificial sweeteners of any kind, as each is linked with its own risks. If you must use a sweetener, I would say that xylitol is reasonably safe, but the best thing to do is break free completely from artificial sweeteners. Start by working to eliminate your sugar cravings. I highly recommend the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a simple and effective psychological acupressure technique that could help you manage the emotional components of your cravings.
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