Food and drinks without sugar but sweetened with sweeteners or other 0 calorie substances are depopulated on supermarket shelves. Most people still believe that choosing to eliminate sugar by replacing it with artificial sweeteners is a good idea to lose weight and not burden your health. More and more research, however, disproves these beliefs.
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Food and drinks without sugar but sweetened with sweeteners or other 0 calorie substances are depopulated on supermarket shelves. Most people are still convinced that choosing to eliminate sugar by replacing it with i sweeteners artificial but also natural (such as stevia) is a good idea to lose weight and not burden your health. More and more research, however, disproves these beliefs.
Scientists reaffirm it with conviction once again: sweeteners do not make you lose weight and moreover there is still no certainty that they are completely harmless to health. This time it was a review of studies conducted by the Cochrane Foundation that saw its publication in the British Medical Journal.
To arrive at this result, the research team analyzed 56 European studies that had analyzed the possible benefits of using sweeteners rather than sugar with respect to blood sugar, cancer, oral health, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, mood and other diseases.
The authors in summary write:
"Overall, the results show that for most outcomes there are no statistically or clinically relevant differences between those exposed to sweeteners, at different doses, and those not."
There are very few studies that had noticed improvements (and among other things very slight) in the glycemia and in the body mass index of those who used sweeteners in high doses compared to those who used them little or never. While for the children, no studies had noticed any difference.
The result was the same in the case of artificial sweeteners as well as natural sweeteners (or apparently such) such as stevia powder with which the sugar present in soft drinks or industrial foods is now commonly replaced, but which is commonly refined and treated in the same way. of artificial sweeteners
However, the researches were evaluated by the authors of the review on the whole too short and not very detailed to arrive at definitive results.
In addition to the fact that they have not found scientific answers on the real benefits of sweeteners, the authors do not even exclude that these, on the contrary, can even create damage.
In any case, in their opinion, there is a need for further broader scientific research carried out with stricter criteria that can finally put a point on a question as much discussed as this one.
As always, if you have decided to limit or eliminate sugar (be it white or cane), we recommend replacing it with truly natural sweeteners.
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