Sweeteners may boost diabetes risk

Experts say to be cautious when using artificial sweeteners as they may not be the magic bullet that helps fight obesity and diabetes. – Filepic

Promoted as an aid to good health, artificial sweeteners may in fact be boosting diabetes risk, says a study.

Called non-calorific artificial sweeteners, or NAS, the additives are found in diet sodas, cereals and desserts – a huge market for people worried about weight gain and sugar intake.

Artificial sweeteners were found to elevate blood-glucose levels and alter gut bacteria, says scientists.

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