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Artificial Sweeteners Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Study Suggests

Artificial sweeteners, which many people use to cut calories and real sugars from their diets, may cause you to be more at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The Guardian reports this is a small, not-yet-published study, but it adds to earlier research suggesting artificial sweeteners are not as sweet a health deal as they’re made out to be. Supporters of sweeteners disagree.

I’m not surprised that artificial sweeteners still have die-hard supporters. After all, the diet soda industry alone is a multibillion dollar business. But I can’t help wondering how many more studies it’s going to take for people to realize that artificial sweeteners have no place in our diet? The idea that artificial sweeteners are in any way healthy is one of the biggest prevailing myths in nutrition today.

Some of the worst risks determined so far link stroke, heart attacks, dementia and even cancer to consumption of artificial sweeteners. It’s also believed that sweeteners like aspartame disturb the gut-brain axis. Even worse are studies showing that if you’re using diet products to avoid the calories, you’re defeating your goal, as diet soda is now linked to weight GAIN.

This is because the mismatch that occurs when consuming artificially sweetened foods and beverages leads to disruptions to metabolism because a drink that tastes sweet, but isn’t, can trigger a greater metabolic response than a drink with a higher number of calories. Sadly, decades of science point to serious ill health consequences caused by the lies that artificial sweeteners promise. If you're one of the nearly half of U.S. adults who consume artificial sweeteners, mostly in the form of diet soda, it's important that you know the truth: We have plenty of studies now, large and small, that show consuming artificial sweeteners puts your health at risk.
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