According to a report from the Federal University of Sao Paulo, a study of 524 women undergoing IVF treatment found a possible connection between low-calorie and no-calorie sweetener intake and reduced fertility rates. The study linked the sugar substitutes to poorer quality of eggs and embryos.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry weighs in on the troubling study. She notes that there is not enough conclusive evidence from studies saying whether artificial sweeteners are safe or not, but notes that artificial sweeteners have also been linked to preterm births and overweight babies by the age of 1.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork believes we will eventually get to a place where eating too many artificial sweeteners is viewed in the same way consuming too much sugar is. Dr. Landry tells her patients to be aware or their fake sugar intake and notes that due to all the complications surrounding infertility she believes that its better to be safe than sorry.
If you’re looking to kick artificial sweeteners, Dr. Stork might serve as your inspiration. “Now that I’ve eliminated artificial sweeteners from my diet, the way real foods taste to me, they are so much better. And the way my health feels is so much better,” he shares.
The Doctors note that moderation is important when consuming artificial sweeteners and they look forward to more studies on the possible side effects the fake sweeteners have on the body and our health.