Really Bad News about Artificial Sweeteners

Really Bad News about Artificial Sweeteners


The negative health effects of consuming too much sugar are well-known to most Americas. Therefore, to help combat this, artificial sweeteners were born.

Unfortunately, many studies have given confirmation that artificial sweeteners are arguably worse for you than normal sugar. And, despite its tempting “zero calorie” marketing, it can actually have various negative impacts on the body.

Researchers from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsinthe sought to understand the difference between how the body processes both normal sugar and artificial sweeteners.

To do this, the researchers fed rats two different sugar compounds (glucose and fructose), and two zero-calorie artificial sweeteners (aspartame andacesulfame potassium).

The researchers chose to assess the rats after three weeks to see their bodies’ responses to the different sugars.

Interestingly, the researchers came to the realization that all of the compounds made impairments to the blood vessels’ functionality. However, they did this in different ways.

According to Medical News Today:

In our studies, both sugar and artificial sweeteners seem to exhibit negative effects linked to obesity and diabetes, albeit through very different mechanisms from each other.”

According to the results, both real sugar and artificial sweeteners make changes to the fats, amino acids, and natural chemicals in the rats’ blood.

However, the results show that artificial sweeteners change the way the body processes fat and gets energy.

According to Medical News Today:

Also, the sweetener acesulfame potassium was found to slowly build up in the body. At higher concentrations, damage to blood vessels was more severe.

“We observed that, in moderation, your body has the machinery to handle sugar; it is when the system is overloaded over a long period of time that this machinery breaks down,” explains Hoffmann.

“We also observed that replacing these sugars with non-caloric artificial sweeteners leads to negative changes in fat and energy metabolism.”