Are artificial sweeteners bad?

If you read around the internet there is a lot of misinformation on whether artificial sweeteners are a good swap for sugar, or not.

If you read some sources (non science based), you might find that sweeteners can cause:

Anxiety, blindness, obesity, suicidal ideation, epilepsy, alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, personality changes, elevated blood pressure, migraines, hypoglycemia, menstrual abnormalities, and irreversible brain damage.

That's quite some claims made by some 'people'.

So whats the truth, are sweeteners an ok swap for sugar when it comes to your weight, and more importantly being on a diet?

The use of sweeteners came about due to people wanting to eat sweet food, or get the sweetness of sugar, but without the dense calories. This is a perfectly rationale reason, I would want the same, sugar is often a non-food with nothing in it, but we might want the taste of something sweet now and again, after all, it's nice.

Enter sweeteners.

A recent meta-analysis (a study on the results of lots of other studies, a kind of, catch all analysis) found that sweeteners pose no direct harm to human health (in the quantities that we consume them), and in fact can aid in the successful adoption of a low-calorie diet.

Shock horror.

I for one believed some of the scare stories of the past on sweeteners, it's easy to think that something that replaces something so calorie dense can be 100% fine for the human body and pose no risk. An area of your common sense can kick in and think 'no way, it can't be true, it must be bad for me!'

So, enjoy your diet coke...

(just be wary of that caffeine now kids, you know I think were all an over-caffeinated, over-stressed bunch...)

Here's the study, the meta-analysis, that shows sweeteners are OK to consume when it comes to weight and BMI, enjoy the read, post 2 coming later today...

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2014/06/18/ajcn.113.082826.full.pdf+html

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