Here’s some bad news for all those who think switching from sugar to artificial sweeteners is the gateway to a healthier lifestyle. According to recent scientific evidence, these sugar substitutes may not be as healthy as we’ve thought so far!
A new massive online study confirmed what researchers have been suspecting for some time now — artificial sweeteners may actually be bad for our cardiovascular health.
The study analyzed the effect of these sugar substitutes on the health outcomes of over 103,000 French adults over the course of nine years.
All participants (37% of which were daily consumers of artificial sweeteners) regularly submitted their alimentary journals detailing any drink and food they consumed throughout the day.
On the basis of the data collected, the research team was able to determine the profile of a typical artificial sweetener consumer. They roughly identified it as a younger individual with a higher BMI who tends to follow a weight-loss program of sorts.
They also identified the main sources of artificial sweeteners for sweetener consumers — diet soft drinks (53%) and sweetener packets (30%).
Needless to say, the research results hardly came as a surprise. The study revealed that the more a person consumes sugar substitutes, the higher their risk of developing heart disease and stroke!
Namely, the fans of artificial sweeteners had a 9% higher chance of developing heart disease than those who rarely consumed such sugar substitutes. Furthermore, they also had an 18% higher chance of suffering a stroke.
All taken into consideration, though it’s still uncertain whether artificial sweeteners are overall unhealthier than regular sugar (more research is required in this field), maybe you should think twice before adding a packet of artificial sweetener to your daily cup of coffee.