Jul 17 2013
If you’re trying to avoid sugar and its plethora of ill-health effects, you may be turning to diet sodas, or drinking your coffee with Splenda. After all, the nearly zero-calorie alternatives to sugar should have no effect on your waistline, right?
Think again – a new review of the research on sweeteners like Aspartame seems to confirm what scientists have suspected for years – that artificial sweeteners may actually be just as bad for your health and may lead to increased risks of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and metabolic syndrome.
Even if you avoid adding sweeteners like Sweet n’ Low, Equal, and Nutrasweet, a whole host of packaged foods like cereals, fruit yogurt, and granola bars commonly use these fake sugars even if they aren’t labeled as sugar-free.
GUEST: Susan E. Swithers, professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist at Purdue University. Her paper was just published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism