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Can Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Raise your Risk for Cardiovascular Disease?

  • A massive study involving French citizens that spanned more than a decade evaluated their use of artificial sweeteners.

  • The observational study periodically checked the participants’ food and drink intake and had the participants regularly report on their health.

  • By the end of the study, the researchers learned that the participants who consumed higher levels of artificial sweeteners experienced cardiovascular disease events at a higher rate than participants who did not consume artificial sweeteners.

While artificial sweeteners may seem like a good alternative to sugar to reduce caloric intake, a study published in The BMJTrusted Source suggests there may be a connection between such sweeteners and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including stroke.

The research, conducted by the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research, is not the first study to suggest a connection between artificial sweeteners and increased risk for heart disease, however, it is the largest to date. The study included data from more than 100,000 participants.

When people try to cut sugar out of their diets, for reasons such as trying to lose weight or trying to control their blood sugar, they may turn to artificial sweeteners. Read entire article by Erika Watts MedicalNewsToday.


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