Artificial Sweeteners: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing? - May 2016

By David A. Johnson, MD – March 22, 2016

Artificial sweeteners are promoted by food and drink brands as a healthy way to reduce weight by keeping calorie intake low. Research is still mixed, however there is growing concern that despite being calorie-free artificial sweeteners can possibly increase the risk of obesity and the risk of developing diabetes.

Buyer beware to patients with diabetes or obesity. These artificial sweeteners certainly may be a part, if not the crux, of the problem, and patients should discuss using these sweeteners with their physician. Physicians who recommend these sweeteners need to take a step back and really re-evaluate their recommendations, especially among their patients with diabetes and obesity. In fact, we may be dealing with a wolf in sheep's clothing.

– Medscape Online

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