Research on possible links between aspartame consumption and cancer is ongoing and far from conclusive.
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An expert panel found a potential association with liver cancer, but too little research exists to assume a causal connection. For now, the WHO left current consumption guidelines unchanged.
IARC has listed the artificial sweetener aspartame as possibly cancer causing. Here’s how to digest the findings.
Reports have indicated the artificial sweetener aspartame will be classified as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’ by the WHO. Here’s what that means – and doesn’t mean.
Sugar alternatives go by many names including artificial sweeteners, low-calorie sweeteners and nonsugar sweeteners.
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The WHO report concluded that habitual use of nonsugar sweeteners is linked to a modest increase in diabetes, hypertension and stroke. But the research it’s based on has limitations.
Here’s what the new WHO guidelines mean for people who have switched to artificial sweeteners for health reasons.
There is more sugar and other sweeteners in our food and drinks globally than a decade ago, with manufacturers prioritising healthier options in richer countries.
The sweetener aspartame is found is many common foods and drinks, such as diet sodas.
A study of over 100,000 people found aspartame and acesulfame K in particular may increase risk of developing cancer somewhat.
Sugar is just one of many flavor enhancers people and companies use to sweeten foods and beverages.
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Just because something is sweet doesn’t necessarily mean it is sugary. There are a number of molecules that taste sweet. To understand how and why takes a little bit of chemistry.
There are dozens of options for children’s drinks in most supermarkets. Choosing the healthy options is difficult.
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A new study looked at advertising and purchase data for children’s drinks and suggests that ads and pricing strategies contribute to sweetened children’s drink purchases.
Sugar and artificial sweeteners comes in many shapes and colors.
There is a huge variety of sugar substitutes available. What’s the difference? Is one better for controlling blood sugar levels for diabetes? Is one better for individuals trying to lose weight?
Genes not only influence how sweet you think something is, but also how much sugary food you eat.
People with a sweet tooth can (partly) blame their genes for their sugar habit. New research shows how the brain also gets involved.
Coca-Cola is the world’s most popular carbonated soft drink. The original is made with sugar, but the others contain artificial sweeteners that are now linked to a rise in obesity and diabetes.
Mounting evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners are linked to chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes. Should there be a tax on these foods?
A new study in rats adds to the evidence that artificial sweeteners may be bad for your health.
Sucralose increases the expression of genes linked with fat production.
Artificial sweeteners pose their own problems.
We know we need to cut back on sugar, and focussing on eating more whole foods can help change our desire for sweetness.
Diet drinks are even worse for our health than regular sugary sodas.
Artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas and other low-calorie foods can actually contribute to weight gain and type 2 diabetes. The more you use, the higher the risk.
A new study linking sweetened drinks to heart disease is more confusing than enlightening
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