Many people, who want to lose weight and get a slim body, think that cutting out white sugar, and replacing it with other artificial sweeteners, is an ideal way to get the desired result.
However, this common belief is wrong, according to a report issued by the World Health Organization, which indicated that this type of abnormal sweetener will not have any role in weight loss, and may increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease, while the risk may reach the point of death.
Artificial sweeteners have no nutritional value!
There are a large number of artificial sweeteners, which are adopted in the diet, or in some soft drinks, which are promoted as sugar-free, and that do not fulfill the role for which they are consumed, which is to help with weight loss.
The types of these artificial sweeteners are stevia sugar, aspartame and sucralose, whose long-term consumption has warned the World Health Organization may pose numerous health risks.
According to the same source, these non-sugary sweeteners do not confer any long-term benefit in reducing body fat in adults or even children.
There may be potentially undesirable effects from long consumption, such as an increased risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and mortality in adults.
Francesco Branca, director of the WHO’s Department of Nutrition and Food Safety, said: “Replacing sugars with artificial sweeteners does not help with long-term weight control, and instead people need to think about other ways to reduce sugar intake, which can be replaced by natural sugars such as fruits, or foods and drinks that do not contain added sugar, whatever its type.”
Branca stressed that artificial sweeteners do not contain any nutritional value at all, while sugar in general should be avoided in order to improve health.
Artificial sweeteners and their relationship to cancer
According to a report by the World Health Organization, a large study conducted in France, in 2022, found a possible link between artificial sweeteners and an increased risk of cancer.
National health organizations, such as Canada, have long warned that calorie-free or low-calorie sugar substitutes, noting that they are neither necessary nor beneficial, meaning aspartame, stevia and sucralose.
However, these recommendations do not apply to personal care and hygiene products that contain artificial sweeteners, such as toothpaste, skin creams and medications.
How can artificial sweeteners be consumed?
While the consumption of various artificial sweeteners is prohibited, because they do not help to lose weight, and have health risks, most studies did not include people with diabetes.
This is due to the different consumption of people, for these sweeteners, as people who are looking to lose weight become their consumption of these substances permanently and daily, because they do not want to dispense with sugar, but replace it with another alternative, is considered healthy for them.
Studies have mainly come to show that these sweeteners have nothing to do with weight loss, but diabetics consume this type of sweetener for medical purposes, and to a small extent.
Therefore, consumption must be for a certain medical necessity, and in a moderate manner, so that it does not turn into a curse on health, turning into serious chronic diseases, or even death.
Important note about the medical information contained in the article
It is important to see your doctor or hospital regarding taking any drugs, medications, nutritional supplements, vitamins, or some types of foods if you suffer from a special health condition.
As physical and health differences between people are a decisive factor in medical diagnoses, and the studies adopted in the reports sometimes focus on certain aspects of the symptoms and methods of treatment, without taking into account the rest of the aspects and factors, and the studies were conducted in strict laboratory conditions that sometimes do not take into account many differences, so we always recommend careful review from a specialist doctor.