Many of you are probably surprised to hear that I haven’t come across any evidenced-based articles that can confirm that artificial sweeteners cause a host of problems such as Alzheimers, cancer, ADHD, and a host of other implications.
Honestly, when I use them, I don’t feel good about it. But when I do my research through evidence-based articles, there is no conclusive answer.
So let’s tease the information out a bit. Most of the articles, when you read the first few paragraphs, they say there IS an association between artificial sweeteners and diabetes, Alzheimer’s, etc.
BUT when you get to the end of the article they say more studies need to be done b/c they can’t prove causation.
So what does that mean?—if someone decides to do a study on people with diabetes and they find that the majority of them use artificial sweeteners does that mean it caused diabetes? Is there REALLY a cause and effect here Or did they start using it once they found out they had diabetes? Did they start to make changes in the types of sugar they consumed since they had problems with their blood sugar?
There were also multiple articles referencing this one study that associates artificial sweeteners with stroke. Again, at the very last paragraph of the article it states:
The study authors caution that their findings don't actually say that diet drinks cause stroke.
“Observational studies like this one attempt to associate behaviors with outcomes but cannot prove cause and effect,”
In general, I don’t recommend googling medical information but if you do, try to pick journal articles from places like NIH, Mayo Clinic, or any university-based website. I tend to look at journal articles... and I evaluate the study to see if there is bias in the study, I evaluate the results to see if they are statistically significant and look for confounding factors.
Confounding factors are other factors that may be important that may play a role in your result.
For example, physical inactivity causes heart disease. To really prove that you have to remove confounding factors that may skew your result.
Since heart disease is more common as we age,
AGE would be the confounding factor. We can compare the heart of an inactive 20-year-old and an inactive 50-year-old. To really get a valid result everyone should be in the same age bracket...
Again, for me, something feels inherently wrong about them so I limit my use of them. But so far, there is no concrete evidence that shows that they cause harm.
I always say trust your gut (no pun intended). And like I said in part one, they haven’t been around long enough to know for sure what health effects they may have.
So, I would personally use them in moderation.
One of my ads asked the question should they be used as an alternative to regular sugar when baking. Again, I would say in moderation. I mean, other sugars have high fructose corn syrup and there is plenty of evidence on the negative health of effects of it.
Someone asked why is it in our drinking water? Right now, my answer is I do not know.
none of the studies that I have found stated why it is in our drinking water. Researchers just decided to test the water and found that it is there. Pretty freaky right?