Use of Fake Sugar Growing

A cross-sectional study using U.S. NHANES data from 2009-2012 found kids consumption of artificial sweeteners–aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and others–has skyrocketed. In 1999 less than 9% of children consumed low-calorie sweeteners (LCSs). By 2012 that number had grown to 25%, an almost 200% increase. These LCSs are increasing in use among adults as well. Evidence is accumulating that these sweeteners may pose some health risks, but more research is needed.

PositiveTip: Drink water instead of soda, and use a little fresh fruit to sweeten your yogurt.