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Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin and sucralose are commonly used in ‘diet’ drinks and low calorie desserts. Being intensely sweeter than sugar, these synthetic substitutes are calorie-free and allow diabetics to enjoy the occasional dessert. However, new findings are suggesting that artificial sweeteners are not necessarily a good option for people trying to lose or maintain weight.
A study conducted at Purdue University reviewed research papers on artificial sweeteners published in the last five years and found that not only were they linked to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease in the long run, but also led to weight gain.