Artificial sweeteners have been tied to a significant reduction in fertility, prompting health officials to warn women undergoing in-vitro fertilisation, IVF, to avoid fake and refined sugars.
According to a report in the Financial Times of London, sweeteners and other chemical additives in processed food and drink could make it harder to conceive.Doctors in Sao Paulo, Brazil, studied the drinking habits of 524 female IVF patients and determined the eggs of those who
frequently consumed sugar-free diet drinks were more likely to have problems conceiving and
poorer quality eggs and embryos.A sugar substitute is a food additive that provides a sweet taste like that of sugar while containing significantly less food energy. Some sugar substitutes are produced by nature, and others produced synthetically.Those that are not produced by nature are, in general, called artificial sweeteners. Today artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety of food and beverages; they’re marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet,” including soft drinks, chewing gum, jellies, baked goods, candy, fruit juice, and ice cream and yogurt.