Use of artificial sweeteners on the rise

Posted at 8:30 AM, Jan 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-12 11:06:36-05

More and more Americans are consuming artificial sweeteners.

A new survey found that nearly half of adults and one quarter of children in the U.S. regularly consume the sugar substitute.

That's a 54-percent increase among adults and a 200-percent increase for kids since 1999.

Many people use artificial sweeteners as a way to reduce their sugar intake and cut calories.

But some studies suggest these products may actually increase the risk of obesity.

Researchers say there's still not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of artificial sweeteners.