Artificial sweeteners as the name suggests, are sweet to the taste, but do not contain any calories, therefore being marketed as a replacement for sugar. Artificial sweeteners are not limited only to consumption in your cup of tea or coffee, they are widely used in diet fruit and fizzy drinks, confectionary, processed foods, including baked goods, canned foods and jams, as well as in some dairy products.
The prolonged ingestion of artificial sweeteners may cause the body to change metabolically and therefore become dysfunctional. Why might this be so? From 1977 to 2001 Americans doubled their consumption of sweetened beverages and at the same time the obesity rate skyrocketed. Can these two supposed separate issues have some correlation?