The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against using sugar substitutes to lose weight in a new recommendation published yesterday.
According to recent scientific research, substances such as “aspartame” and “stevia”, which are included in the composition of sugar substitute products, do not have any effect on reducing human body weight in the long term.
And sugar substitutes are linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a new WHO study.
The above-mentioned substitutes are widely used in food products marked as Diet and Zero Sugar.
Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) was forced to publish a draft of its new recommendations on sugar substitutes on its website for public comment in July last year.
Sweet is delicious, but too much is harmful. Diseases caused by excessive consumption of sugar are one of the main concerns of health authorities in many countries. In this regard, “Zuun Bada” newspaper has discussed this in a series of articles in its “Society-Issue” column. In previous issues, we discussed the issue of putting an international standard on excise duties on products with excessive sugar content, stopping the use of cartoon characters for unhealthy products. This time, although the label says “sugar-0 grams” clearly, the issue of reducing the use of sugar substitutes containing more “poison” than sugar and banning some types of sugar substitutes is being discussed. Shop shelves are filled with sugar-free drinks and food products labeled as sugar-free. Because it is sugar-free, products are advertised with labels saying that they are not harmful to health and will not make you fat. People who are skeptical about this and fear the harm of sugar may think that using sugar substitutes has less negative effects. So are sugar substitutes good or bad?
Sugar substitutes are chemicals that add sweetness to foods, foods, and beverages. For example, “zero”, “light”, and “diet” sugar-free forms of sugary drinks, which have been introduced to our consumption for a long time, use synthetic chemical substitutes.
Sugar substitutes are divided into three types: chemical composition, natural origin, and “sugar alcohols” that are extracted from corn and wheat. Specifically, in addition to the three categories divided above, sugar substitutes are also distinguished based on their composition.
Different countries accept some types and prohibit others. However, the fact that we still use sugar substitutes, which have been proven to be harmful to health, is a problem that should be taken into account. Sugar substitutes include aspartame, acesulfame K, advantame, aspartame-acesulfame salt, cyclamate, neotame, neohesperidin, sacchari, and sucralose. These are indexed by the letter “E”. It tastes 200-20000 times sweeter than a piece of ordinary yootong.
“SUGAR FREE” HAS A NEGATIVE EFFECT ON HEALTH
As long as it has a “sugar free” label, it is a biased choice to buy without paying much attention to what kind of sugar substitute is used and what its ingredients are. Many studies prove this. Even though it has a sugar-free label, it tastes sweet because of the use of sugar substitutes. However, sugar substitutes are more harmful than sugar. Research has shown that the E951 sugar flavoring agent on the labels of these drinks disrupts the normal functioning of the nervous system, puts you in a state of depression, and is at risk of causing cancer. In general, if you choose a food with your eyes closed, there is an “E” symbol, which means that you need to be very careful when choosing food with information and knowledge about sugar and sugar substitutes. Specifically, E951 can be found on the labels of yogurt, chewing gum, sodas, sausages, cured meat products, chips, ice cream, and sauces. Aspartame is the most widely used sugar substitute. Aspartame is widely used in carbonated beverages. Scientists have found that aspartame increases the risk of obesity, fatty liver, diabetes, pancreatic, breast cancer, and high blood pressure. In addition, according to the most recent research conducted by the “French National Institute for Health and Medical Research” in March of this year, people who use sugar substitutes, including aspartame and acesulfame K, have a higher risk of cancer. So, it can be seen from the results of many studies that even if it is “sugar free”, it has a negative effect on health.
LET’S BAN CERTAIN TYPES OF SUGAR SUBSTITUTES
It does not mean that everything with the “E” symbol is harmful. There are many ingredients that are harmless to human health: E100, E101, E150a, E160, E170, E180, E202, E305, E408, E500, E903, E950, E967, E1422. However, sugar substitutes and food additives that have negative effects on health and increase the risk of cancer should be banned by law. Because sugar substitutes increase the risk of cancer by 13 percent, according to another study. Specifically, according to a study published by Sorbonne Paris Nord University, people who consume a large amount of sugar substitutes per day have a 13 percent higher chance of developing cancer.
DO NOT GO INTO SUGAR DEFICIENCY
Some understand that sugar, which is a combination of glucose and fructose, is useful and necessary for human health to a certain extent. In fact, we need glucose, not sugar. Glucose provides a source of energy for the brain, liver, and muscles. However, it does not mean that our body needs sugar because the human body processes the necessary glucose when breaking down carbohydrates. Because we can get our glucose needs from any carbohydrate-containing product, we don’t need to buy the delicious poison on the store shelf.