A cross-sectional study using U.S. NHANES data from 2009-2012 found kids consumption of artificial sweeteners—aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and others—has skyrocketed. In 1999 less than 9% of children consumed low-calorie sweeteners (LCSs). By 2012 that number had grown to 25%, an almost 200% increase. These LCSs are increasing in use among adults as well. Evidence is accumulating that these sweeteners may pose some health risks, but more research is needed.

LifeTip: Drink water instead of soda, and use a little fresh fruit to sweeten your yogurt. Watch “Lose Weight Naturally” with Dr. David DeRose for additional recommendations.

Adapted from PositiveChoices.com

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