Artificial sweeteners have become the norm in many homes now, effectively replacing sugar in tea, coffee, shakes, desserts and other sweet preparations. Most brands claim to be completely safe, which is one of the reasons why artificial sweeteners have become so popular. Another reason is that they come with the promise of zero calories, making them quite attractive to weight loss fanatics. However, a new research study indicates that these benefits may just be theoretical since artificial sweeteners may actually increase the risk of diabetes and weight gain. The new study was conducted by researchers at Yale University in the United States and it has been revealed in the study that artificial sweeteners may trick the body into believing that it is consuming more calories. This may lead to increased risk of diabetes and weight gain, the researchers said.
The researchers said that artificial sweeteners interfere with the signals that communicate the nutritional value to the brain. As a result, the body’s metabolic responses also get affected, which increases the risk of diabetes and weight gain. The findings of the study have been published in the journal Current Biology. The study is certainly a wake-up call for people who have made artificial sweeteners a part of their daily diet.