A large study, conducted by researchers from France, finds that people who consume higher levels of artificial sweeteners have a higher rate of cardiovascular disease events than those who do not consume artificial sweeteners.
The study began in 2009 and included 103,388 participants, among which were only people aged 18 years and older. All participants had to fill out questionnaires related to diet, health, anthropometric data, lifestyle and sociodemographic data, and physical activity. The median age of the participants was 42 years, and the majority of them were females (79.8%).
The authors write in their paper: “Our results indicate that these food additives, consumed daily by millions of people and present in thousands of foods and beverages, should not be considered a healthy and safe alternative to sugar, in line with the current position of several health agencies.”