According to a recent study, consuming low-calorie sweeteners may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Low-calorie sweeteners, also known as artificial sweeteners or non-nutritive sweeteners, are commonly used as sugar substitutes in food and beverages. They are often marketed as a healthier option for people trying to lose weight or manage diabetes. However, the study suggests that these sweeteners may not be as safe as previously thought.
The researchers analyzed data from over 400,000 people from 37 studies. They found that those who consumed low-calorie sweeteners had a higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems than those who did not use them. The risk was exceptionally high in people who consumed these sweeteners daily or in large amounts.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Meghan Azad, explained that low-calorie sweeteners might disrupt the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, leading to insulin resistance and inflammation, both risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Additionally, the consumption of these sweeteners may also alter gut bacteria, which can have adverse effects on overall health.
It is important to note that this study only shows an association between low-calorie sweeteners and cardiovascular problems and does not prove causation. Further research is needed to determine how these sweeteners may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
In light of these findings, limiting the consumption of low-calorie sweeteners and opting for natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup may be wise. As with any dietary change, it is always best to consult a healthcare professional before significantly changing your diet.