Monday, June 12, 2023

WHO issues a warning against artificial sweeteners

 The use of artificial sweeteners has been discouraged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a means of reducing one's weight or reducing one's risk of non-communicable diseases. The UN health organization states that the use of non-sugar sweeteners (NSS), also known as artificial sweeteners, does not confer any long-term benefit in reducing body fat in adults or children in its most recent guideline, which is based on the findings of a systematic review of the available evidence.

According to the WHO guideline, "the results of the review of the available evidence also suggest that there may be potential potential undesirable effects from long-term use of NSS," including an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and adult mortality. Supplanting free sugars with NSS doesn't assist with weight control in the long haul. Individuals need to consider alternate ways of lessening free sugars consumption, like eating food with normally happening sugars, similar to natural products, or unsweetened food and drinks," Francesco Branca, WHO chief for sustenance and sanitation, said in an explanation.

The WHO states that all synthetic, naturally occurring, or modified non-nutritive sweeteners that are not classified as sugars and are found in manufactured foods and beverages or sold on their own to be added to foods and beverages by consumers are included in the recommendation, with the exception of people who already have diabetes.

Acesulfame K, aspartame, advantame, cyclamates, neotame, saccharin, sucralose, stevia, and stevia derivatives are all examples of common NSS. Recently, TOI reported on a study that was published in the Nature Medicine journal and warned about the potential dangers of using artificial sweeteners in place of sugar in the long run.

The review guaranteed that erythritol, a famous counterfeit sugar that is generally accessible in India and abroad under different brand names, was related with an expanded gamble of cardiovascular failure and stroke.

Stanley Hazen, senior author and chairman of the department of cardiovascular & metabolic sciences at Cleveland Clinic, USA, stated, "Sweeteners like erythritol have increased in popularity in recent years, but there needs to be more research into their long-term effects." Cardiovascular sickness works over the long haul, and coronary illness is the main source of death worldwide. We must ensure that the foods we consume do not conceal contributors," he added.

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