individuals reduceand cutcalories, they may also have negative health effects, a study warns. Artificial sweete nersare not digested by the body. However, there cent study suggests that bacteria in the gut may be ableto break down artificial sweeteners, resulting in negative health effects. Currently, there are many new sugar substitutes that are used in food sand beverages and remarketed as ‘sugar-free’ or ‘diet’ including soft drinks, chewinggum, jellies, bakedgoods, candy, fruitjuice, ice cream and yogurt. “Our study shows that individual lswithobesitywhoconsumeartificialsweeteners, particularly as shows that individual may have worse glucose management than those who don’t take sugar substitutes”, said Jennifer Kuk from York University’s school of Kinesiology and Health Science in Canada. For The Study Published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, datafrom 2,856 adultsfromthe ‘Third National Health and Nutrition Survey’ (NHANES III) wasused. Individuals reported their diet over the past 24 hours and were categorised as consumers of artificial sweeteners – aspartame or saccharin, or high or low consumers of natural sugars – sugar or fructose. The diabetes risk was measured as the ability to manage blood sugars using an oral glucosetolerance test. There sults showed that those who used artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, may have worse glucose management than those who don‘t’take sugar substitutes. “We didn’t find this adverseeffect in those consuming saccharin or natural sugars”, Kukadded. “ We Will Need To do future studies to determine whether any potential negative health effects of artificial sweeteners out weigh the benefits forobesity reduction”, Kukstated. Further Investigation is needed to determine if there are any health effects of using these sweeteners, the researchers noted.