Thursday, August 13, 2015

Another Reason to Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

Researchers at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York have established a link between regular use of artificial sweeteners and the most common form of thyroid disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).  Equal, Nutrasweet, and Splenda are common culprits.  They are commonly used in diet sodas.  Interesting enough, the use of these products might actually cause weight gain.  Neurologic side effects have also been reported.  If you already have a thyroid problem, there is preliminary information that giving up the sweeteners might eliminate the thyroid disease.

 See Family Practice News, June 15, 2015, p.16.

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