Think zero calorie sodas are a much healthier alternative to regular sodas? Think again. Consuming drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners won't save you from developing type 2 diabetes.
A new study found that artificial sweeteners increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Worse, it only takes two weeks of drinking beverages sweetened with artificial sweeteners to raise the risk of diabetes.
The study, which was presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Portugal, is just one of the many scientific research that linked artificial sweeteners to the disease.
Artificial sweeteners raise the risk of type 2 diabetes
(Natural News) Many people who are trying to lose weight discover that sweets are their weakness, so they turn to artificial sweeteners in hopes of continuing to enjoy their favorite treats without all the calories and weight gain associated with sugar. After all, it’s sugar that causes type 2 diabetes, right?
According to a new study that was recently presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Portugal, it’s not quite that straightforward. In fact, if avoiding diabetes is high on your priority list – as it should be – artificial sweeteners provide a false sense of safety.
University of Adelaide researchers set out to determine whether large quantities of calorie-free artificial sweeteners could affect the way the body controls blood glucose levels. They recruited 27 healthy volunteers for their study and divided them into groups, one of which consumed capsules containing the sweeteners acesulfame K and sucralose in amounts equal to those found in 1.5 liters of a diet drink each day.
At the end of the study, tests showed that those who consumed the sweeteners had an impaired response to glucose, supporting the notion that these sweeteners can predispose people to developing type 2 diabetes.
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