Artificial Sweetener Linked To Poor Pregnancy Chances? Study Explains

First Posted: Oct 18, 2016 05:20 AM EDT

Pregnancy is one of the greatest gifts. Getting on the right health is one of the key roles in getting pregnant. A new research shows that consuming artificial sweetener can lower the chances of getting pregnant.

A team of researchers from the Federal University of Sao Paulo conducted a study with the help of 524 patients. The experts concluded that they found a link between artificial sweeteners like the one used in diet sodas and low fertility rates. Meanwhile, the use of sugar, such as the one in soft drinks and added to coffee was linked with low quality of eggs and embryos.

In the study, the researchers looked at 5,548 egg cells taken from the women who underwent an In Vitro Fertilization treatment. They were then asked by the experts about the food they consumed that includes soft and hot drinks. As a result, consumption of soft drinks that has an artificial sweetener and coffee with mixed with artificial sweetener was the most likely to reduce the pregnancy rate, as reported by Daily Mail

In addition, the use of sugar in coffee and soft was linked to poorer quality of the egg, which can be a risk of the possibility of getting pregnant. However, Unsweetened coffee does not have an effect on pregnancy chances and the quality of the egg.

According to The Telegraph, Chairman of the British Fertility Society Professor Adam Balen said, "This is a very interesting study that suggests the false promise of artificial sweeteners that are found in soft drinks and added to drinks, such as coffee, may have a significant effect on the quality and fertility of a woman's egg and this may further impact on the chances of conception."  

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the British Dietetic Association said that the study needs more effort in distinguishing the effect on fertility outcomes of the women's body weight on the trail from the impact of sugar in their diets and artificial sweetener.  In line,  Emeritus Professor of Pathology at Queen Mary, University London Professor Sir Colin Berry also cautioned about drawing assumption in wider reproductive outcomes from the experience of IVF patients.  

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