For years people have been lead to believe that drinking diet sodas and other drinks and foods made with artificial sweeteners are healthier than their sweetened counterparts. It looks like this might not be the case.
An article posted on Reuters talks about how scientists who are studying the effects of artificial sweeteners on mice have found that it actually makes them more susceptible to glucose intolerance, which is a “risk factor” for diabetes. This was caused by the artificial sweeteners creating an imbalance in the microbes in the stomachs of the mice which are linked to metabolic medical issues such as diabetes.
What’s interesting and ironic about this link between artificial sweeteners and diabetes is that many people choose the foods that are artificially sweetened and think they’re making the healthier choice. After years of drinking diet sodas and eating foods that are artificially sweetened, it could actually cause diabetes.
If you’d consider yourself one of those people, there’s no need to panic just yet. The results that the scientists have found are just the beginning of a study and it may not amount to anything at all. They even say that there’s no need to make any chances to your diet right now if it does include products that are made with artificial sweeteners.
Still, like I always say, balance is everything! If you’re going to have a diet soda once in a while, make it once in a while, and not once every few hours. When I was a child, things like soda and sweets were given on special occasions as treats, and that’s how they should be treated even as an adult. Don’t make them part of your daily diet and eating routine.