Sweet Dangers: The Latest News on Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners were created, in part, to address the problem of obesity. This epidemic, which defines the past two decades probably more so than any other health issue, has been blamed on two things in particular: lack of exercise and poor dietary choices. Obesity is blamed for the onset of diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome. It is estimated that billions of dollars are spent dealing with the fallout from an overweight and obese society, never mind the loss of quality of life for countless of individuals across the U.S. and Canada.
Artificial sweeteners were invented to help people lower their average daily calorie count and to keep weight gain in-check. By avoiding sugar—which is high in calories—everyone should have been better off. Or so the thinking went when companies marketed their artificial sweeteners to the public.
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