This is not the first time I talk about a study which links the use of artificial sweeteners (commonly sold as Splenda, Nevella, and many others) to increase risk of diabetes, obesity, and other metabolic and health problems.
In the past, I've often talked about studies which have provided evidence that the use of artificial sweeteners can actually increase weight gain, disrupt the gut microbiome, trigger digestive complications, and even affect the body's insulin production.
This new study out of Australia provides further evidence:
In this study, subject who consumed the equivalent of 1.5L of "diet" soft drinks per day (yes, that's a lot, but I know people who consume this much) saw a significant drop in the body's ability to control blood sugar levels.
When compared to the people who did not consume the artificial sweeteners, those who did saw a significant increase in post-meal blood sugar. In fact, those who consumed artificial sweeteners even saw a drop in the body's production of GLP-1, a hormone produced by your body in order to limit the amount of glucose that's absorbed from the food you eat.
In other words, when you eat food, a drop in GLP-1 means that more glucose from that food is going to be absorbed when you consume artificial sweeteners alongside it (a burger with a "diet" coke for example).
As I often say: based on all the research I've read over the years: stay away from artificial sweeteners if your goal is to drop fat, lower blood sugar, and stay healthy.