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Beware the Latest ‘Diet’ Fad: Artificial Sweeteners Fortified With Vitamins and Minerals

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Merisant has created a brand-new line of artificial sweeteners fortified with vitamins and minerals under the company’s Equal Plus brand, and is available in three versions: vitamin C and zinc; B vitamins; antioxidant formula with vitamins C and E
  • The products are marketed as a “good source” of these nutrients, as a single packet provides 10 percent of the daily recommended value of the added vitamins and minerals
  • The addition of vitamins and minerals does absolutely nothing to change the artificial sweetener’s detrimental impact on your health. Studies have shown artificial sweeteners raise your risk of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and related health conditions
  • Artificial sweeteners promote metabolic dysfunction by interfering with learned responses that contribute to glucose control and energy homeostasis
  • They also destroy gut microbiota, induce glucose intolerance and interact with sweet-taste receptors expressed throughout your digestive system that play a role in glucose absorption and trigger insulin secretion

According to the latest statistics nearly 40 percent of American adults, over 18 percent of teens and nearly 14 percent of young children are now obese, not just overweight, and processed foods and sweetened beverages are clearly driving factors.

Unfortunately, many make the mistake of thinking artificially sweetened products are a healthier option as it cuts down your calories. Nothing could be further from the truth.


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