“Artificially Sweetened Drinks Further Studied”
Currently, campaigns are trying to raise awareness of the negative effects of sugar, particularly on weight gain and obesity. Approximately 75% of processed foods and drinks contain added sugar. Sugar is highly pervasive in our diet. In addition, the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) has increased fivefold since the 1950s and is linked to cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. The WHO recommends to consume no more than 10% of total daily calories from “free” sugars. Others found that even consuming added sugars at recommended levels reduced lifespan in mice. Many turn to artificial sweeteners as a sugar alternative, but according to a 2014 study, these sweeteners may drive diabetes and obesity. Sugar-free “diet” drinks” are said to be healthful and prevent weight gain. But, researchers from Imperial College London in the United Kingdom argue otherwise. A Nature study suggested artificial sweeteners – including saccharin, sucralose and aspartame – interfere with gut bacteria, increasing the activity of pathways associated with obesity and diabetes.