Light drinks: diabetes through sweetener

Light drinks: diabetes through sweetener

Beverages containing sweeteners are less healthy than sweetened soft drinks

Beverages containing sweeteners increase the risk of diabetes more than drinks with ordinary sugar. This was the result of a French study by the medical research institute INSERM. Accordingly, "light" drinks should be healthier than sweetened lemonades.

1.5 liters of “light” drinks per week increase the risk of diabetes by 59 percent. French scientists Françoise Clavel-Chapelon and Guy Fagherazzi have analyzed the data of 66,188 women since 1993. At intervals of two to three years, the test subjects became familiar with their eating habits questioned. It turns out that both consumers of sugared and sugar-free soft drinks had a higher risk of diabetes than women who preferred unsweetened fruit juices. A comparison of sugared and sweetened lemonades showed a higher diabetes risk among consumers of "light" drinks: women who consumed half a liter of sweetened drinks a week had a 15 percent higher risk: at one and a half liters a week increased the risk even to 59 percent. Analysis of the data from women who drank freshly squeezed fruit juices showed no increased risk of diabetes. The researchers published their study results in the US journal “Clinical Nutrition”.

Sweetener Aspartame May Increase Diabetes Risk A possible cause of the increased risk of diabetes could be the sweetener aspartame, which is found in many “light” drinks. Aspartame leads to an increase in blood sugar levels, which results in an increase in insulin and can lead to insulin resistance and thus to diabetes. Accordingly, sweeteners could have a similar effect to sugar. However, further investigations would have to be carried out in order to demonstrate the connection between “light” drinks and an increased risk of diabetes, the researchers admitted.

Aspartame, labeled as food additive E 951, has been suspected of having a harmful effect on health for several years. This is how the development of cancer, headaches and mood disorders is associated with the sweetener. However, based on current knowledge, no clear results are available. A rat study presented in June 2005 by the Fondazione Europea di oncologia e scienze ambientali "Bernardino Ramazzini" (European Foundation for Oncology and Environmental Research "Bernardo Ramazzini") is to prove a direct connection between aspartame intake and cancer. A study published in April 2006 by the US National Cancer Institute concluded that the sweetener has no leukemia or brain tumor promoting effects. (ag)

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