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Plantrician Project issues warning over the use of artificial sweeteners

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The US-based Plantrician Project has released a detailed position paper on the use of artificial sweeteners. The paper includes a long list of research studies covering the negative impact of their use in everything from gut health to neurophysiological impacts.

The group says the take-home message here is that artificial sweeteners, which are commonly used to reduce calorie intake and enhance the sweetness of foods and beverages, are significantly sweeter than sugar and are found in a variety of products.

Despite their intended benefits for weight management and diabetes control, evidence suggests that these sweeteners may pose several health risks.

The Plantricial Project notes that studies have linked artificial sweeteners to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, mental health issues, and negative impacts on gut health.

“Given these potential risks, it is essential to approach the consumption of artificial sweeteners with caution and consider natural alternatives when possible,” it says.

Sweeteners & gut health

Now that more is known about the value of maintaining good gut health, sweeteners are not being viewed positively. Changes in gut microbiota may contribute to metabolic disorders, including glucose intolerance and obesity.

The disruption of the gut microbiome can also influence immune function and may play a role in the development of inflammatory diseases.

Last July, the World Health Organization said that aspartame is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and advised an acceptable daily intake of no more than 40 milligrams per kilogram of body weight.

The relationship between artificial sweeteners and cancer has been debated for decades. A large cohort study found that higher consumption of artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame and acesulfame-K, is associated with an increased risk of overall cancer, including breast cancer and obesity-related cancers.

A .pdf document on this can be downloaded from the Plantrician Project website.

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