The use of artificial sweeteners instead of sugar is increasing rapidly. From tea and coffee to diet soda, people use sweeteners on a large scale. Being sugar-free is considered a better alternative to sugar.
Meanwhile, research has increased the concern of those using artificial sweeteners. In fact, after large-scale research, some scientists have issued a warning that sugar-free artificial sweeteners can cause heart diseases. However, another group of scientists does not seem to be much satisfied with these findings at the moment.
Researchers from the Institute of Inserm (INSERM) in France, during research, tried to know how these sweeteners are associated with heart diseases. During this time they found that 1,502 people involved in the research had developed heart problems, ranging from heart attack to stroke. These were the people who were taking sweeteners for a long time.
Researchers analyzed food information provided by more than one lakh people living in France. Between 2009 and 2021, these people shared their diet and daily routine health information with scientists. It is worth noting that people had given this information on their own. An analysis of the data received from these people showed that 37 percent of the people were using an artificial sweetener. These people were consuming an average of 42 milligrams of sweetener per day, which is equivalent to a packet or a third of a can of diet soda. After monitoring these people’s diet for nine years, the scientists in the study found that 1,502 people had developed heart problems, ranging from heart attack to stroke.
This research, published in the journal BMJ, clearly states that 346 people out of one lakh who were using artificial sweeteners in large quantities had heart disease. At the same time, out of the same number of people who did not use sweeteners, the number of heart diseases was only 314.
Regarding this result of the research, Matilda to Beer of Inserm says that this result confirms a report published last year by the World Health Organization (WHO), in which it has been said by WHO that the sweetener is a safe alternative to sugar and cannot be assumed. Along with this, in a report in April this year, the WHO clearly stated that “there is no clear consensus that sugar-free sweeteners are beneficial for long-term weight loss or that they harm health in any other way.” Huh.
In addition, this year, a study analyzing Nutri-Net data suggested that elements found in sugar-free sweeteners such as aspartame, and potassium sucralose may be related to cancer. However, all the research done on the sweetener has also faced sharp criticism, because they have not been able to give any clear reason for their conclusions. Actually, in many scientific types of research, it has been claimed that sugar is very dangerous for health. For this reason, a large number of people have been made sugar-free. But, even this artificial sweetener is no guarantee of being healthy.