Not all of us are fitness freaks, but we do know that sugar is not good for you. Lets not even get started on added sugars. For those of you who are wondering what added sugars are, it is the sugar and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. Now, moving on to the next thing. Artificial sweeteners. The provides sugar like taste while containing significantly less calorie. Some sugar substitutes are natural in origin, and others are produced synthetically. The question how healthy are these substitutes ?
The answer should be a loud and clear yes. But sugar is calorie-dense, and contributes to weight gain and all of the potential health complications—like diabetes and heart disease—that arise with it. Artificial sweeteners are popular among those who are trying to reduce their sugar intake in order to reduce weight or for health reasons like diabetes.
It has to be noted that there are no solid evidence showing that substituting sugar with artificial sugar is actually good for losing or keeping weight off. Also,a recent study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), have linked them with long term weight gain and risk of obesity. It was also found that these artificial sweeteners might have a negative effect on gut bacteria, metabolism and appetite.
These concerns are especially warranted as artificial sweeteners become more popular in the food we consume, and a large number of people believe everything these artificial sweeteners claim to do. Thus, its highly important to keep in mind these factors until more researches are carried out to establish the long term effects of artificial sweeteners.