Replacing consumption of normal soda with diet soda might not fetch any benefit as we expect. Based on a new study from Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University it has been found that artificial sweeteners can lead to obesity and diabetes as they can alter the manner in which our body processes fat and uses energy.
When a group of rats were fed diets high levels of artificial sweeteners or sugar that contained aspartame and acesulfame potassium by researchers; there blood samples reflected drastic distinctions in biochemicals, fats and amino acids’ concentration; after a period of three weeks.
The lead researcher on the study, Brian Hoffman and assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University explained that within moderation our body is capable of managing sugar. However, an excessive and extended period of consumption causes the system to break down. Furthermore, exposure of artificial sweeteners as substitutes to sugar had negative changes in fat and energy metabolism.
These deductions were discussed in the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting on Sunday, which was held in San Diego.
Despite this discovery, it is important to note that it cannot be ascertained whether sugar is better or worse than artificial sweeteners.
Hoffman also said that in cases where a certain dietary component is difficult to completely eliminate from one’s diet, moderation is the best way to handle it.
There have been other studies in the past that have arrived at a similar result where the negative impacts of consuming artificial sweeteners are evident. One such study conducted last year explained how a person’s chances of suffering from dementia or a stroke can increase with the consumption of drinks with artificial sweeteners.
Another study four years ago claimed in its article published in Nature, sweeteners have the same negative effects leading to diabetes as sugar does.