'Have you ever noticed how many overweight people drink diet soda or add low calorie sweeteners to their tea and coffee? Corporate propaganda tells overweight and obese people who are trying hard to lose weight – or who at the very least are trying not to gain more weight – that artificial sweeteners are the healthiest possible option. Many obediently and diligently skip sugar, convinced that they are making the best choice. Unfortunately, several studies have confirmed that this simply is not true.
The latest such study, conducted by researchers from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and presented in March at the 100th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago, Illinois, found a close link between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and metabolic syndrome.
The group of conditions known as metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when a person exhibits insulin resistance, elevated “bad” cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of blood clots. It is usually diagnosed in people who are overweight or obese and who carry a lot of weight around their bellies. Also known as dysmetabolic syndrome, insulin resistance syndrome or syndrome X, metabolic syndrome causes an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes. It also raises the risk of developing diabetes by between three and five times (300% to 500% relative risk increase).
“Our stem cell-based studies indicate that low-calorie sweeteners promote additional fat accumulation within cells compared with cells not exposed to these substances, in a dose-dependent fashion — meaning that as the dose of sucralose is increased more cells showed increased fat droplet accumulation,” said Sabyasachi Sen, an associate professor of Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “This most likely occurs by increasing glucose entry into cells through increased activity of genes called glucose transporters,” as reported by Science Daily.'
Read more: Artificial sweeteners linked to metabolic syndrome; increases diabetes risk by up to 500%
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