More data from the famous Women’s health initiative revealed no benefit in using artificial sweeteners as a replacement for sugar. There was no change in the incidence of diabetes in a cohort of post menopausal women recruited for the initiative between 1993 and 1998. ┬áInfact, in the sub group of obese women, artificial sweeteners led to an increased risk of diabetes.

Water came to the rescue. Statistically substituting 1 serving of artificial sweeteners with water was associated with a significant risk reduction of 5% (HR: 0.95; 95% CI: 0.91, 0.99), whereas substituting 1 serving of sugared beverages with water was associated with a risk reduction of 10% (HR: 0.90; 95% CI: 0.85, 0.95).

 

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