Artificial sweeteners ubiquitous in foods and drinks consumed by millions can raise the blood sugar level instead of reducing it, according to new experiments in mice and people. The provocative finding—made possible through a new avenue of research—is likely to stoke the simmering controversy over whether artificial sweeteners help or hinder people's ability to lose weight and lower their risk of diabetes.
Kraft plans to remove artificial colourants from three macaroni and cheese varieties that come in kid-friendly shapes. It says the revamped recipes aren’t a response to a petition on Change.org that asked it to remove artificial dyes from its famous macaroni and cheese kits. That petition, which was posted in March, had more than 348,000 signatures at the end of October.
More and more people are consuming artificial sweeteners as an alternative to sugar, but the debate on whether this translates into better health continues. An opinion article published by Cell Press on July 10 in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism reviews evidence on the negative impact of artificial sweeteners on health, raising red flags about all sweeteners - even those that don't have any calories.
Nestlé South Africa announced that it has introduced the popular confectionery brand, SMARTIES, in non-artificial colours. South Africa is the fourth country to introduce the non-artificially coloured variants following successes in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australasia.