Consumers have been told by various organizations for years that artificial sweeteners like sucralose and aspartame are good for you because it leads to fewer calories and consequently fewer pounds. Currently, a group of researchers are looking at studies that have followed the long-term effects of sugar substitutes. The preliminary findings of this research were that people who drank artificial sweeteners regularly had an increased body mass index and risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Although these initial findings are not conclusive, a connection between artificial sweeteners and weight gain seems to exist. As consumers, we can no longer assume artificially sweetened foods are a healthier substitute to regular sugar.
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By Michael Paul