If you don't mind treating yourself to a soft drink every now and then, it can be hard to give them up all together. So switching to an artificial sweetener to cut out sugar might seem like the logical idea. But is the sugar substitute all it's cracked up to be?
According to a a recent study published in the journal The BMJ, there isn't enough evidence to suggest that artificial sweeteners will help your weight loss journey.
As part of the investigation, a team of European researchers analysed 56 previous studies that compared intake of artificial sweeteners.
After recording weight, blood sugar control, oral health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, mood and behaviour, results found no evidence to suggest that there was no relevant differences between people who consumed sweeteners and those who didn't.
In adults, there were small improvements in body mass index and blood glucose levels after swapping over to non-sugar sweeteners. However, the evidence is limited.
Researchers also note, however, in further findings, high consumption of non-sugar sweeteners were associated with more weight gain. Again, there wasn't enough evidence to make concrete concussions.
In children, scientists found that that kids who consumed non-sugar sweeteners saw smaller increases in body mass index but it didn't impact body weight.
The team of researchers note that more evidence is needed to conclude that non-sugar sweeteners could help obese adults or children achieve their weight loss goals.
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