26 May Artificial Sugar Aspartamine Linked to Worse Glucose Metabolism
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Jennifer L. Kuk, PhD
School of Kinesiology and Health Science
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Kuk: Artificial sweeteners are used to help individuals manage their weight, however, individuals who consume aspartame (a type of artificial sweeteners) have worse glucose metabolism than individuals with the same body weight but do not consume aspartame. This observation was only true for adults with obesity. Further, saccharin and natural sugars were not associated with differences in health after considering differences in obesity.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Dr. Kuk: Obesity has clear negative health effects that should not be minimized. In this study, only one type of artificial sweetener was associated with worse health in individuals with obesity, who are also the most likely to consume artificial sweeteners. Currently, there are several newer artificial sweeteners that were not examined in this study. Thus, individuals need to weigh the benefits of artificial sweeteners for weight management versus any potentially negative health effects.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Kuk: Longitudinal intervention research is needed in populations with obesity to determine whether the weight management benefits outweigh any potential negative health consequences of using artificial sweeteners.
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Jennifer L. Kuk, Ruth E. Brown. Aspartame intake is associated with greater glucose intolerance in individuals with obesity. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 2016; 1 DOI: 10.1139/apnm-2015-0675
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