Kids’ Use Of Artificial Sweetener Increases 200 Percent

PHOTOGRAPH: Twitter/USA News | An increase in the use of artificial sweeteners alarming. Photo Credit: Twitter/USA News

Kids’ use of artificial sweetener increases 200 percent.  The use of fake sugar plummeted between 1999 and 2012 according to a shocking study published by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Artificial sweeteners contain low calorie and seem to attract American adults and even children. However, the health effects of consuming the sugar alternative is not yet fully known.  

The fake sugar seem to enjoy the fad because it is readily available and cheap.  Campaigns against obesity and diabetes prevention also contribute its popularity as the study suggests. In a report from Fox News, the results presented a 54 percent increase among adults from 1999 to 2012.  Kids’ consumption of the artificial sweetener is only 8.7 percent in 1999.  But results in 2012 showed an alarming 25.1 percent increase for the kids’ consumption of the sugar alternatives.  

The study also presented the latest information on the US population’s use of the artificial sweeteners in foods, beverages and even packets.  It included sweeteners approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin.  Stevioside and rebaudioside A, plant extracts, are also used in lieu of sugar and are FDA-approved.

Where does the increase usually happen

NY News Daily also reported that about 70% of the artificial sweetener consumption happened at home.  In context to the recent study, it is likely to suggest that the consumption of sugar alternatives affects the overall food consumption. Lead study author Dr.  Allison Sylvetsky, assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health shared the alarming results in a news release.  

Dr. Sylvetsky said the findings are important especially to the children since there some studies linking low-calorie sweeteners to obesity, diabetes and other health issues. The lead study author also recommended that Americans need to cut their consumption on low-calorie sweeteners on their diets.  Although, there is no scientific basis yet with this recommendation.

Read More: Why Adults and Children Should Reduce Sugar Intake

Also Read: Zero Sugar Diet Tips: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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