Artificial sweeteners ‘could reduce women’s fertility’

Artificial sweeteners - like those found in diet soft drinks - have been linked to reduced fertility in women.

The study, carried out by researchers at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, also found that the use of sugar in soft drinks and coffee can result in poorer quality eggs and embryos. Unsweetened coffee was found to have no effect on fertility.

Researchers looked at 524 women undergoing IVF treatment and what they ate and drank. They found that lower rates of pregnancy were most associated with the consumption of soft drinks made using artificial sweeteners.

The study explained that people choose these sweeteners as they perceive them to be healthier than sugar but that they should be “aware of the dangers hidden behind the promise of reduced calorie food and beverages”.

Professor Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society, said: “There should be more scrutiny of food additives and better information available to the public and, in particular, those wishing to conceive.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801826843-ADNFCR