New research adds to the notion that artificial sweeteners may affect the way people’s bodies handle sugar.

New research adds to the notion that artificial sweeteners may affect the way people’s bodies handle sugar.
Photo Credit: Jenny Kane/AP Photo

Aspartame may have negative health effects in obese: study


People who are obese and use artificial sweeteners may have negative health effects, according to a study from York University in Toronto. People consume such them to cut calories and control their weight, but obese individuals who consume aspartame may have worse glucose management.

‘More like a diabetic’

“What we saw is that, for example, an individual with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30, so that person would have obesity, they’d be more like a diabetic if they reported consuming aspartame in the previous two days than someone who had the same body weight but didn’t consume aspartame,” said Professor Jennifer Kuk, an obesity researcher at York University.

“That wasn’t true for people who consumed high amounts of sucrose, fructose or the other artificial sweetener we looked at, saccharine.”


Plain water is best, concludes researcher

Kuk concludes the benefits of using artificial sweeteners are minimal and they should not be used as a replacement for water.A previous study published in the journal Nature in September 2014 found artificial sweeteners induce glucose tolerance by altering bacteria in the gut.

Categories: Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society
Tags: , , , , ,

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply to Sarah Dun Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette »

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1.’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3.’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.


2 comments on “Aspartame may have negative health effects in obese: study
  1. Avatar Sarah Dun says:

    This article is awful – what do you mean they were ‘more like a diabetic’? There’s no detail to this article at all, the methods in the study were probably just as bad and therefore no reliable conclusions can be drawn

  2. Avatar Rich Murray says:

    The worse issue for aspartame is that it is 11% methanol (wood alcohol), 22 mg in every can of drink, which harms humans about 100 times worse than for any other creature — methanol also comes from cigarette and wood smoke, dark wines and liquors, fresh tomatoes, and unfresh vegetables and fruits and juices, cut up, heated, preserved wet in sealed cans jars plastics at room temperature — the ADH1 enzyme makes it into active formaldehyde right inside cells of 20 tissues, causing random cumulative tiny spots of inflammation, resulting slowly in many chronic diseases, cancers, and birth defects — Prof. Woodrow C. Monte, Food Science and Nutrition, Arizona State University, retired 2004, gives a free archive of 782 full text medical research references at his site WhileScienceSleeps dot com …