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Artificial Sweeteners Might Also Raise Blood Sugar Levels

Many people turn to artificial sweeteners to avoid real sugar for various reasons, however it turns out the fake stuff isn't doing any good either. In a newer study it shows that artificial sweeteners can raise blood sugar levels even more then consuming real sugar.They did the study on mice and on humans. When the mice were given the artificial sweeteners their blood sugar levels rose compared to the mice that were drinking plain water or water laced with real sugar.

Within a group of about 400 people who used the artificial sweeteners long-term they found they had higher fasting blood sugar levels and signs of impaired glucose processing compared to people who did not use the artificial sweeteners. These findings are pretty interesting and just show us that nothing is as safe as we have been told. Fake or real sugar they are both bad and have their own set of issues.

I'll just stick to the real sugar and cut back on it. I have been working on that and was thinking about switching to the artificial sweeteners, I'm glad I read the report first.


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maramadalina wrote on January 4, 2015, 11:15 AM

I have no problems with sugar. In fact, I prefer sugar rather than artificial sweeteners.

k2705 wrote on January 4, 2015, 11:15 AM

I. Diabetic so do have diet drinks etc but can't say I have noticed it makes a difference on my levels.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 4, 2015, 11:37 AM

I have read that the artificial ones can also cause other health problems

TheLambLiesDown wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:27 PM

Actually, I am diabetic, and my a1c has dropped from 13.7 to 5.8 in the past nine months since i stopped using sugar and started using artificial sweeteners.

melody23 wrote on January 4, 2015, 12:45 PM

It very much depends on the artificial sweetener used, Aspartame is being found to cause major health issues although I take loads of the stuff through diet drinks and haven't noticed an issue. Other sweeteners, particularly natural ones are said to be much better for you but they are not technically sugars, stevia is one of them.

SarahW74 wrote on January 4, 2015, 2:52 PM

I avoid artificial sweeteners where I can. I have always been of the opinion that your body knows what to do with sugar, it doesn't have a clue how to process artificial sweeteners. Aspartame was the creation of the devil and I am glad that more and more people are realising that it isn't the healthy alternative which they told us it was. I daren't even have it in my tea as it gives me headaches and judders :(

BarbRad wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:47 PM

I was listening to a bunch of doctors discussing sugar on TV this afternoon, and they didn't like any sweeteners but Stevia and Xylitol. They said fructose is the worst because it goes straight to the liver and turns to fat.

PeggyWds wrote on January 4, 2015, 8:00 PM

One has to stay apprised of information like this but it is hard since one study shows this and another study something different. Artificial anything is always suspect in my opinion.

Brenda wrote on January 7, 2015, 2:15 PM

Artificial sweeteners is just that artificial. I try to stay away from artificial food. It is chemicals and chemicals cause cancer among other diseases and illnesses.

seren3 wrote on January 7, 2015, 5:41 PM

I read somewhere that test mice were given aspartame to induce weight gain for certain studies. Duh-uh! Wish I could remember where. There is tons of data from early on that was shoved under the rug.