Artificial sweeteners are used by the weight conscious, in the confidence that they will help manage obesity. But a recent study shows that this may not be true in all cases.

While artificial sweeteners do not add to the caloric content of the food, those who use them may have worse glucose management than people who do not use sugar substitutes, the study shows.

Professor Jennifer Kuk, obesity researcher in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, said the study found that in some cases, bacteria in the stomach may be able to break down the artificial sweetener. When that happens, researchers say there can be negative effects on health.

However, this did not happen in the case of saccharin or natural sugars.

“We will need to do future studies to determine whether any potentially negative health effects of artificial sweeteners outweigh the benefits for obesity reduction,” Kuk said.


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