Are artificial sweeteners or diet cola safe?

Are artificial sweeteners or diet cola safe

Artificial sweeteners sweeten foods and beverages without significantly affecting blood sugar levels. Sugar substitutes, low-calorie sweeteners, or non-nutritive sweeteners are alternative names for artificial sweeteners. Since they are many times sweeter than traditional sugar, they require less food. Foods made with artificial sweeteners may contain fewer calories than foods made with sugar.

Artificial Sugar:

Common sweeteners are aspartame, granulated saccharin-hormacetase, and sucralose acesulfame.

Foods made with artificial sugar are more popular with diabetics. But are they safe? There is some controversy about this.

The American Diabetes Association has been discouraging people with diabetes from consuming artificial sugar.

Artificial sweeteners, which overweight people use as sugar substitutes, may increase their risk of type-2 diabetes, research suggests. Diabetic patients who consume artificial sugar are not successful in controlling diabetes. Most of them are unable to lose weight. That’s why the American Diabetes Association has been discouraging diabetics from consuming artificial sugar.

On the other hand, current levels of artificial sweetener intake in the UK are safe. However, individuals with phenylketonuria (a rare metabolic disorder) should avoid consuming sweeteners that contain aspartame.

Diet Cola:

Diabetics should avoid regular cola (any soda) as well as diet cola. Because soda contains extra sugar, calories, and caffeine.

What should I do?

To maintain an ideal weight, and control cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure, eat a healthy, balanced diet that is low in saturated fat, sugar, and salt. Green vegetables, fruits, whole grains, pulses, meat, fish, dairy products, etc. are part of a healthy diet. Avoid sweets and foods high in sugar. Avoid sweet foods that contain soda. Monitoring calories is important.

However, if you decide to use artificial sweeteners, talk to a diabetes doctor for advice. Also check the information on the packaging of the respective sweetener, including the ingredients.

Dr. Shahzada Salim, Associate Professor, Department of Endocrinology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical


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