A new study by researchers at USC Dornsife has shown that sweeteners, found in a large number of foods, can harm the developing brain and gut of children. To find out how artificial sweeteners affect the health of young boys and girls, the researchers conducted an experiment on teenage mice.
The animals regularly consumed water with low-calorie sweeteners such as acesulfame, saccharin and stevia, or plain water and their usual food. A month later, experts tested the mental abilities of the rats and found that the animals who drank water with sweeteners had impaired long-term memory.
Scientists have also found that sweeteners affect the metabolic processes in the body, which can lead to the development of diabetes and other diseases related to metabolism.
“While our results do not necessarily indicate that people should not consume low-calorie sweeteners at all, they do highlight that frequent use of sweeteners early in life can have long-term negative health effects.” Scott Kanoski, one of the authors of the study, said.
Earlier, French scientists from the University of the Sorbonne Paris Nord (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord) and the University of Paris found that the regular use of artificial sweeteners can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.