Artificial Sweeteners Raise Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes, Study Suggests
Artificial sweeteners, which many people with weight issues use as a substitute for sugar, may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research. The study was small and the detailed results have not yet been published, but experts said its findings fitted with previous research showing an association between artificial sweeteners and weight gain. Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity and rates of the disease are soaring around the world. Its complications, if it is not controlled, can include blindness, heart attacks and strokes. The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Adelaide, in Australia, who wanted to investigate whether large amounts of no-calorie artificial sweeteners altered the ability of the body to control the levels of glucose in the blood. Some of the 27 healthy volunteers who were recruited for the study were given the equivalent of 1.5 litres of diet drink a day, in the form of capsules of two different sweeteners, sucralose and acesulfame K. They took the capsules three times a day for two weeks, before meals. The others in the study were given a placebo. Tests at the end of the two weeks showed that the body’s response to glucose was impaired. “This study supports the concept that artificial sweeteners could reduce the body’s control of blood sugar levels and highlights the potential for exaggerated post-meal glucose levels in high habitual NAS [non-caloric artificial sweeteners] users, which could predispose them to develop type 2 diabetes,” said the authors. They presented their findings at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Lisbon, Portugal. Some experts said the findings were in line with previous research, while others said they did not support the conclusion that sweeteners coul Continue reading >>
Aspartame Is, By Far, The Most Dangerous Substance On The Market That Is Added To Foods.
New Study Shows Artificial Sweeteners Can Lead to Diabetes Yet another study has linked artificial sweeteners to impaired glucose response, suggesting they may play a role in Type 2 diabetes. It's time to spread the word that consuming artificial sweeteners impairs your body's response to glucose and can increase risk for obesity and other related health problems. Aspartame: Decades of Science Point to Serious Health Consequences Accumulating evidence shows that consuming artificial sweeteners like aspartame may increase your risk of weight gain, diabetes, heart problems and more. Recent research also linked such sweeteners to disruptions of metabolism because the sweet taste your body perceives doesn't match up with the calories consumed. This Common Food Ingredient Is 'Scary as Hell' A popular artificial sweetener consumed by millions of Americans regularly was approved for the market under suspicious circumstances and research continues to question claims of its safety. In fact, recent research has linked it to weight gain, metabolic dysfunction, type 2 diabetes, cancer and more. Aspartame Use Surges in Children's Drinks A recent study came out with startling information: Not just adults, but around 25 percent of kids in the US say they regularly consume foods and drinks containing low-calorie sweeteners (LCS), such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin. Thats a 200 percent increase in LCS consumption for children from 1999 to 2012. And thats not all - youll even find aspartame in childrens medicine. Decades of studies have shown consuming the artificial sweetener aspartame is associated with weight gain, not loss. Now new research shows how this synthetic substance may promote obesity via a surprising mechanism in your gut. Leaked Podesta Emails Confirm Suspicions Continue reading >>
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): A Substance That Cause Autism, Diabetes, Cancer, Liver Failure, Heart Disease, Obesity & Dementia is Now Hidden Under New Name
- India shows the way to better diabetes care at no added cost
- Why Diabetes Is Dangerous: How to Recognize the Signs of this Metabolic Disease
The Best Sugar Substitutes For People With Diabetes
With a low to no calorie sugar count, artificial sweeteners may seem like a treat for people with diabetes. But recent research suggests that artificial sweeteners may actually be counterintuitive. Especially if you’re looking to manage or prevent diabetes. In fact, the increased consumption of these sugar substitutes may correlate to the increase of obesity and diabetes cases. The good news is that there are sugar alternatives you can choose from. You’ll still want to count your intake for glucose management, but these options are far better than the marketed “sugar-free” products. Stevia Stevia is a FDA approved low-calorie sweetener that has anti-oxidant and anti-diabetic properties. Unlike artificial sweeteners and sugar, stevia can suppress your plasma glucose levels and significantly increase glucose tolerance. It’s also technically not an artificial sweetener. That’s because it’s made from the leaves of the stevia plant. Stevia also has the ability to: increase insulin effect on cell membranes increase insulin production stabilize blood sugar levels counter mechanics of type 2 diabetes and its complications You can find stevia under brand names like: PureVia Sun Crystals Sweet Leaf Truvia While stevia is natural, these brands are usually highly processed and may contain other ingredients. For example, Truvia goes through 40 processing steps before it’s ready to be sold, and contains the sugar alcohol erythritol. Future research may shed more light on the health impacts of consuming these processed stevia sweeteners. The best way to consume stevia is to grow the plant yourself and use the whole leaves to sweeten foods. What’s the difference between Truvia and stevia? » Tagatose Tagatose is another naturally occurring sugar that researchers are s Continue reading >>
The Truth About Aspartame Side Effects
Aspartame is one of the most popular artificial sweeteners available on the market. In fact, chances are good that you or someone you know has consumed an aspartame-containing diet soda within the past 24 hours. In 2010, one-fifth of all Americans drank a diet soda on any given day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the sweetener remains popular, it’s also faced controversy in recent years. Many opponents have claimed that aspartame is actually bad for your health. There are also claims about long-term repercussions of aspartame consumption. Unfortunately, while extensive tests have been conducted on aspartame, there’s no consensus as to whether aspartame is “bad” for you. Aspartame is sold under the brand names NutraSweet and Equal. It’s also used widely in packaged products — especially those labeled as “diet” foods. The ingredients of aspartame are aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Both are naturally occurring amino acids. Aspartic acid is produced by your body and phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that you get from food. When your body processes aspartame, part of it is broken down into methanol. Although toxic in large quantities, small quantities of methanol aren’t toxic. It’s naturally produced by the body and is also found in fruit, fruit juice, fermented beverages, and some vegetables. The amount of methanol resulting from the breakdown of aspartame is low. In fact, it’s far lower than the amount found in many common foods. A number of regulatory agencies and health-related organizations have weighed in favorably on aspartame. It’s gained approval from the: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization World Health Organization American Heart Association Am Continue reading >>
Aspartame In Artificial Sweeteners And Glucose Intolerance
/ Aspartame in Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance Aspartame in Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance A lot of people use artificial sweeteners on a daily basis, especially if they have diabetes. Well, maybe its time to learn more about artificial sweeteners that are so commonly used nowadays. Drinks and foods which use artificial sweeteners are a good option. An option which might help curb the cravings for sweet food in case someone has diabetes. This is an incorrect message which many public health organizations spread. The message that artificial sweeteners actually are a sensible alternative to sugar for those with diabetes, despite the contrary results of many studies. A small study at the University of Adelaide in Australia showed that the artificial sweeteners impair the response of the body to glucose, lowering the control of the blood glucose levels. In this study, 27 participants got a placebo, capsules of Splenda and acesulfame K in an amount equal to 1.5 L of drinks per day. For 2 weeks the group who took artificial sweeteners had unfavorable effects on their blood glucose levels. Effects such as a reduction in numbers in the GLP-1 gut peptide that limits the rise in the blood glucose after having meals. Richard Young, the lead author of the study, said that this study shows the potential for excessive post-meal sugar levels in elevated habitual noncaloric artificial sweeteners users. This might predispose them to develop type 2 diabetes . The critics say that this study is not enough to conclude that the changes might cause high blood glucose levels. Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance According to another study, daily consumption of diet soda which is sweetened with aspartame may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by 67%. Continue reading >>
Aspartame: Should Individuals With Type Ii Diabetes Be Taking It?
Curr Diabetes Rev. 2017 May 31. doi: 10.2174/1573399813666170601093336. [Epub ahead of print] Aspartame: should individuals with Type II Diabetes be taking it? Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria. South Africa. Individuals with type II diabetes (T2D) have to manage blood glucose levels to sustain health and longevity. Artificial sweeteners (including aspartame) are suggested sugar alternatives for these individuals. The safety of aspartame in particular, has long been the centre of debate. Although it is such a controversial product, many clinicians recommend its use to T2D patients, during a controlled diet and as part of an intervention strategy. Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar and has a negligible effect on blood glucose levels, and it is suggested for use so that T2D can control carbohydrate intake and blood glucose levels. However, research suggests that aspartame intake may lead to an increased risk of weight gain rather than weight loss, and cause impaired blood glucose tolerance in T2D. This review consolidates knowledge gained from studies that link aspartame consumption to the various mechanisms associated with T2D. We review literature that provides evidence that raise concerns that aspartame may exacerbate T2D and add to the global burden of disease. Aspartame may act as a chemical stressor by increasing cortisol levels, and may induce systemic oxidative stress by producing excess free radicals, and it may also alter gut microbial activity and interfere with the N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, resulting in insulin deficiency or resistance. Aspartame and its metabolites are safe for T2D is still debatable due to a lack of consistent data. More research is required that provides evid Continue reading >>
Dangers Of Aspartame For Diabetics
Having diabetes means watching what you eat and drink in order to keep your blood sugar levels in check. In addition, part of managing diabetes involves maintaining a healthy weight. To achieve both, you may look for products that are low in calories, sugar and carbohydrates, which sometimes means consuming products made with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. If you are concerned about consuming aspartame, check with your doctor to see if it can be included in your diet plan. Video of the Day To cut back on sugar and calorie content, some foods and beverages are made with manufactured products called artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are much sweeter than table sugar and can add taste without all of the calories that table sugar has. One popular artificial sweetener is aspartame, which is a combination of two amino acids -- aspartic acid and phenylalanine -- and it is found under the names of Equal and Nutrasweet. While there has been much controversy over its use, there have been no clinical trials that prove that it is unsafe or that it contributes to cancer, headaches or any other type of disease, says FamilyDoctor.org. Since aspartame contains phenylalanine, you should not consume it if you have phenylketonuria, or PKU. Diabetes and Aspartame There have been claims or suggestions that diabetics can experience adverse health effects from consuming aspartame. However, there are no scientific studies to back up these claims. It appears that consuming aspartame poses no specific threat to those with diabetes, and products made with aspartame can help diabetics to satisfy a sweet tooth without ingesting too many calories or carbs, according to the Joslin Diabetes Center. Carbohydrates are the main type of food that can cause spikes and drops in blood su Continue reading >>
Correcting Internet Myths About Aspartame
An article circulating on the Internet has called into question the safety of aspartame. To the best of our knowledge, none of the symptoms the writer and her "sources" have attributed to aspartame have been proven in any clinical scientific studies. We would like to respond to her comments to assure people with diabetes, who use products with aspartame, that we are unaware of any credible scientific evidence that aspartame is associated with any of the adverse effects noted in the Internet communication. Aspartame is made up of two amino acids called aspartic acid and the methyl ester of phenylalanine. Amino acids and methyl esters are found naturally in foods like milk, meats, fruits and vegetables. When digested, the body handles the amino acids in aspartame in the same way as those in foods we eat daily. Although aspartame can be used by the whole family, individuals with a rare genetic disease called phenylketonuria (PKU) need to be aware that aspartame is a source of the protein component, phenylalanine. Those who have PKU cannot properly metabolize phenylalanine and must monitor their intake of phenylalanine from all foods, including foods containing aspartame. In the U.S., every infant is screened for PKU at birth. The Internet myth "Especially deadly for diabetics": there is no question that aspartame has been beneficial to people with diabetes, enabling them to enjoy sweet tasting foods without the carbohydrates. Since it does not contain calories in the usual amounts consumed, it cannot affect blood glucose levels or cause weight gain. The facts An 8-oz glass of milk has six times more phenylalanine and thirteen times more aspartic acid than an equivalent amount of soda sweetened with NutraSweet. An 8-oz glass of fruit juice or tomato juice contains three to Continue reading >>
Stevia, Splenda And Aspartame Vs Sugar | Time
Theyre supposed to be a way to have the proverbial cake and, literally, eat it too: all the sweet taste without the calories and the metabolic health problems that come with sugar. But it turns out that artificial sweeteners may be too good to be true, more and more studies are finding. The latest, which looked at moms-to-be who consumed more artificial sweeteners, found that even though they are low- or no-calorie, the compounds may contribute to overweight and obesity in their children after birth. In a report published in JAMA Pediatrics , researchers led by Meghan Azad, assistant professor in pediatrics and child health at University of Manitoba in Canada, studied more than 3,000 pregnant women and their infants. The expectant moms answered questions about what they ate, and their babies were followed for a year after birth. Moms who reported consuming more artificial sweetenerssuch as Equal (aspartame), Splenda (sucralose) and Sweetn Low (saccharin)in beverages were twice as likely to have children that were overweight or obese at one year, compared to women who reported using artificial sweeteners less. This finding does not suggest that artificial sweeteners cause obesity in children, but it does support previous research that found similar links between the sugar substitutes and health issues, including weight gain, in animal and human studies. This may be the first human study, however, to investigate how artificial sweeteners during pregnancy might affect weight among infants. Read More: The Problem With Sugar Free Kids Azad says that the connection remained strong even after she and her team adjusted for the potential effect of other factors on the babies weight, such as the mothers weight, whether she smoked, whether she breastfed her child and whether the Continue reading >>
New Study Reevaluates Aspartame As A Safe Sweetener
A new study has reviewed evidence in animals and humans about the health effects and safety of the low-calorie sweetener aspartame at currently accepted dosage and at higher dosage. Previous research suggest artificial sweeteners like aspartame can help weight loss and may benefit people with type 2 diabetes as they've been deemed as good or even superior to water for blood sugar control. However, researchers have long debated both its recommended safe dosage (40 mg per kg of bodyweight per day) and its potential adverse effects. In this new paper, researchers from the University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University, in South Africa, have reviewed both animal and human aspartame trials published in the last ten years or so. Many of these earlier studies concluded that aspartame consumption was not a concern at acceptable daily intake (ADI) levels, especially based on current use levels which equate to about 15 per cent of the ADI for the average adult. To put this into perspective, given that a can of diet coke has 125mg of aspartame, someone who weighs 150 pounds would have to drink 21.8 cans of the drink daily before going over the safe consumption level. Yet there are several points of potential danger that the authors of the current research are still concerned about. Although the data has been controversial and inconsistent, aspartame may modulate brain neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, and be neurotoxic because of one of its byproducts (phenylalanine) crossing the blood-brain barrier fairly easily. Researchers also suggest that, when consumed in quantities higher than the ADI or within safe levels, aspartame can increase oxidative stress and inflammation in many different cell types and tissues. These "pro-inflammatory" effects and associated da Continue reading >>
(pdf) Aspartame: Should Individuals With Type Ii Diabetes Be Taking It?
Abstract: Ba ckground: Individuals with type II diabetes (T2D) have to manage blood glucose levels to sustain health and longevity. Artificial sweeteners (including aspartame) are suggested sugar alternatives for these individuals. The safety of aspartame in particular, has long been the centre of debate. Although it is such a controversial product, many clinicians recommend its use to T2D patients, during a controlled diet and as part of an intervention strategy. Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar and has a negligible effect on blood glucose levels, and it is suggested for use so that T2D can control carbohydrate intake and blood glucose levels. However, research suggests that aspartame intake may lead to an increased risk of weight gain rather than weight loss, and cause impaired blood glucose tolerance in T2D. Objective: This review consolidates knowledge gained from studies that link aspartame consumption to the various mechanisms associated with T2D. Method: We review literature that provides evidence that raise concerns that aspartame may exacerbate T2D and add to the global burden of disease. Result: Aspartame may act as a chemical stressor by increasing cortisol levels, and may induce systemic oxidative stress by producing excess free radicals, and it may also alter gut microbial activity and inter- fere with the N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, resulting in insulin deficiency or resistance. Conclusion: Aspartame and its metabolites are safe for T2D is still debatable due to a lack of consistent data. More research is required that provides evidence and raise concerns that aspartame may exacerbate prevalence of pathological physiology in the already stressed physiology of T2D. Keywords: Aspartame, type II diabetes, glucose, insulin, weight gain.. Ar Continue reading >>
Should Link Between Dementia And Artificial Sweeteners Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt?
Should link between dementia and artificial sweeteners be taken with a pinch of salt? How peoples capacity for forgetfulness and lies may have impacted on research tying stroke and dementia to diet drinks Last modified on Mon 27 Nov 2017 20.38EST Artificial sweeteners have been viewed with suspicion by a lot of consumers for many years and not entirely deservedlyPhotograph: Stephanie Phillips/Getty They were supposed to be the healthy alternative to their sugar-rich siblings. But now lovers of diet colas and other low-calorie drinks have been hit by news that will radically undermine those credentials: a counterintuitive study suggesting a link to stroke and dementia. The study in the journal Stroke may cause a rethink among those worried about obesity, diabetes or a possible early heart attack from sugar-rich drinks who have been considering making a change. It comes to the alarming conclusion that people polishing off one can a day of artificially sweetened drink are nearly three times as likely to have a stroke or develop dementia. Stroke and dementia risk linked to artificial sweeteners, study suggests Its a shocking conclusion. But the first reason to pause is that the study found no such risk in people who drank standard sugary lemonades and colas. There is little previous evidence with regard to dementia, which is why the researchers were looking at it, but the link between sugar and stroke is very well known. Too much sugar raises the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart attacks and stroke. Its altogether a bad thing, which is why the World Health Organisation is telling us all to cut down. So what was going on in this study? The evidence it analyses is pulled from the well-respected Framingham Heart Study a cohort of more than 5,000 people in Massachusetts, US, wh Continue reading >>
The Relationship Between Diabetes And Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are always a “hot topic” and many people tend to have strong feelings about them, one way or another. It seems like every other month we get a report on the latest study on what artificial sweeteners do or don’t do to us. The data alternates between saying artificial sweeteners are good for us or they are going to kill us – so which is it? It can be hard to know what to believe and what to do, especially if you have diabetes and see artificial sweeteners as a healthy alternative. They seem like a great option for lowering calories and carbohydrates, but are they too good to be true? Let’s look at some of the claims, myths and facts related to artificial sweeteners. We’ll start with the basics. The Background and the Basics Artificial sweeteners, also called sugar substitutes, were originally created to help people lose weight and manage diabetes. They were thought to be a great alternative. Saccharin was the first artificial sweetener, accidentally discovered by scientists at John’s Hopkins. Eventually there were concerns over the safety of saccharin based on studies done in rodents. Even though the FDA was leaning toward banning it, but they didn’t, and it was partially because of consumer uproar over that possibility. The final ruling was that saccharin was only required to have a warning label about cancer, but could remain on the market. In 2000, the warning label was removed because they could only prove its carcinogenic affect in rodents and not in humans. You will still find saccharin “the pink packet” on the market today. Now, we have a total of 8 sugar substitutes. There are two different kinds, nutritive and non-nutritive. Nutritive means it adds to the caloric value of food and it contains more than 2% of the amount o Continue reading >>
Artificial Sweeteners Are Tied To Long-term Weight Gain, Diabetes Risk, Canadian Docs Say
You may be reaching for artificial sweeteners thinking they’re better for you because they have zero calories in drinks, candies and other processed goods. But new Canadian research published Monday suggests that artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose and stevia, may be doing more harm than good. Scientists out of the University of Manitoba are warning that they may be tied to long-term weight gain, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. “There might be adverse effects of these sweeteners and there certainly isn’t strong evidence they’re beneficial. It might be a good idea to avoid [artificial sweeteners],” Dr. Meghan Azad, a University of Manitoba professor and the study’s lead author, told Global News. “Caution is warranted until the long-term health effects of artificial sweeteners are fully characterized,” Azad said. READ MORE: Is diet soda adding to your belly fat? For her research, Azad and her team conducted a systematic review — they zeroed in on 37 studies that followed over 400,000 people for an average of 10 years. (Keep in mind, only seven of these studies were randomized control trials — the gold standard in clinical research.) Turns out, Azad picked up on patterns. Across the board in the studies, those who consumed more artificial sweeteners faced a “slight” increased risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of conditions from excess body fat around the waist, increased blood pressure to abnormal cholesterol. They had “relatively higher” risks of weight gain, obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease from heart attacks to strokes. READ MORE: Could sugar substitutes cause diabetes? Diabetes cropped up in most of the studies, too. Azad suggests there is a 14 per cent increased risk of t Continue reading >>
5 Sugar Substitutes For Type 2 Diabetes
1 / 6 A Small Amount of Real Sugar Is Best, but Sugar Substitutes Can Help If you think that people with diabetes should always avoid sugar, think again — they can enjoy the sweet stuff, in moderation. "The best bet is to use a very minimal amount of real sugar as part of a balanced diabetic diet," says Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, of Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City. That being said, sugar substitutes offer sweetness while controlling carbohydrate intake and blood glucose. There are many sugar substitutes to choose from, but they’re not all calorie-free and they vary in terms of their impact on blood sugar. "The major difference between the sugar substitutes is whether they are nutritive or non-nutritive sweeteners," says Melissa Mullins, MS, RD, a certified diabetes educator with Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va. "Non-nutritive sweeteners provide no calories and no changes in blood glucose levels, which is perfect for people with diabetes.” Here are six sweet options to consider. Continue reading >>