Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners?

Artificial sweeteners have been around since the early 1960s, and have been controversial ever since. Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, discussed the relative benefits of sugar versus artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancer in laboratory animals, but these results have not been replicated in humans. In fact, large population studies and literature reviews have shown that these substances are safe. Excess sugar is another matter. Fat and overall bodyweight increase with sugar intake, while increased use of artificial sweeteners results in lower bodyweight and less fat. Overconsuming sugar increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, and doubles the chances of dying from cardiovascular disease. Excess sugar intake is unhealthy, while artificial sweeteners appear harmless. (The New York Times, August 10, 2015)

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