Risk of Consuming Artificial Sweeteners

Risk of Consuming Artificial Sweeteners

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According to the dictionary, Metabolic Syndrome is “a cluster of biochemical and physiological abnormalities associated with the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.” Johns’ Hopkins University defines Metabolic Syndrome as “The cluster of metabolic factors (that) include abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, impaired fasting glucose, high triglyceride levels, and low HDL cholesterol levels. Metabolic syndrome greatly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or all three”.

At this past March’s annual meeting of the Endocrine Society1, the results of a study done by George Washington University were presented. They concluded that artificial sweeteners CAUSE metabolic syndrome. Since those with metabolic syndrome are over 4 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes2, this means that artificial sweetener consumption increases the risk of becoming Type 2 diabetic by 400%!!!

Yes, you read that correctly.

Your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes goes up by 400% if you consume artificial sweeteners!

This means NO ONE should be eating, drinking, or baking with these products. In our book, Defeat Diabetes, we dedicate an entire chapter to this topic, listing out all of the ways to spot these sweet poisons on ingredient labels.

To learn more about "safe" sweeteners read: "Safe" Sweeteners For Type 2 Diabetes 

Health Benefits of A Natural Sweetener in Annapolis

I also recently posted a video on our youtube channel discussing the amazing health benefits of a natural sweetener called inulin, my new number one recommended sweetener! Tastes better than stevia, is a one to one equal balance of sweetness to sugar, and is a source of fiber for the bacteria in your gut that reverses metabolic syndrome (bonus!). Other great sweeteners include stevia and luo han fruit extract (also called monk fruit).

Either learn to love water, or sweeten your liquids and cook/bake ONLY with inulin, stevia or monk fruit for improved health AND satisfied sweet tooth.


  1. “Consuming Low-calorie Sweeteners May Predispose Overweight Individuals to Diabetes.” Consuming Low-calorie Sweeteners May Predispose Overweight Individuals to Diabetes | Endocrine Society. Accessed April 16, 2018. https://www.endocrine.org/news-room/2018/consuming-low-calorie-sweeteners-may-predispose-overweight-individuals-to-diabetes.
  2. Dragsbæk, Katrine et al. “Metabolic Syndrome and Subsequent Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in Elderly Women: Challenging the Current Definition.” Ed. Cassandra Ford. Medicine 95.36 (2016): e4806. PMC. Web. 16 Apr. 2018.