Scientists once again question the safety of aspartame

Artificial sweeteners found in diet soda and yoghurt, which are consumed by millions daily, can raise the blood sugar level instead of reducing it, according to a new study published by the scientific journal Nature.

The study squarely contradicts a 2013 opinion by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which concluded that the sweeteners posed no risk for consumers.

Light products with artificial sweeteners are often recommended for people with diabetes. The research, which involved experiments with people and mice, shows that food additives such as saccharin, sucralose and aspartame are linked to to the production of bacteria in the gut, and can trigger unwanted changes, such as higher blood glucose levels.

This is a risk factor for diabetes. Researchers found that mice whose diets included the three mentioned sweeteners had higher blood-glucose levels than mice whose diet included sugar, or no sugar at all.

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