Are artificial sweeteners bad for your health? Do they cause diabetes, hypertension and metabolic syndrome? Or are they actually beneficial in weight loss? Do they alter your gut microbiome? or reduce cavities? And what kind is best? Stevia and erythritol? or aspartame and suralose? We dig into the data to clear up some of the controversies around non-nutritive sweeteners.
Evidence based links:
San Antonio Heart Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4498394/
Multi-ethnic study of DM and metabolic syndrome: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2660468/#:~:text=In%20summary%2C%20daily%20diet%20soda,large%2C%20multi%2Dethnic%20cohort.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24862170/ better than water?
CHOICE RCT: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23364015/
Sucrose vs. artificial sweeteners: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12324283/
Meta-analysis of RCTs: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12324283/
Obesity and DM: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7338497/
Toews study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30602577/
Onakpoya study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25412840/
Gut microbiome: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25231862/
Mouse study causing cancer: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/5411626/
Human studies showing no link to cancer: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17043096/
Dental health: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11887514/
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