NewsCAP: Artificial sweeteners do not improve health—and may even be detrimentalAJN The American Journal of Nursing: October 2017 - Volume 117 - Issue 10 - p 17 doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000525863.83063.b1 In the News Artificial sweeteners do not improve health—and may even be detrimental. Artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose, do not prevent weight gain, heart disease, and other related health problems, finds a systematic review and meta-analysis of 37 studies that included 406,910 people, with median follow-up ranging from 6 months to 10 years. Participants who used artificial sweeteners were more obese, and were at a higher risk for metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and stroke. “Given the widespread and increasing use of nonnutritive sweeteners, caution is warranted until the long-term risks and benefits of these products are fully characterized,” write the researchers in the July 17 Canadian Medical Association Journal. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.