There are 5 different artificial sweeteners on store shelves but the one you probably have heard of is aspartame which is the worst one. The artificial sweeteners are marketed to diabetics and those who want to lose weight but they are shown to help neither group. Aspartame worsens insulin sensitivity to a greater degree than sugar and causes weight gain. Artificial sweeteners are now added into 6,000+ different drinks, snacks, and food products on the market. That’s really bad because artificial sweeteners can actually cause weight gain and/or keep you from losing weight. They can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, increase blood sugar levels, and cause an increase in diabetic problems.
Some Food Industry Groups Are Trying to Hide Artificial Sweeteners Use In Their Products
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) was one of these food groups trying to change FDA labeling standards that will show the artificial sweeteners have been added. They are also suing Vermont for their new GMO labeling law. WOW! Watch your dairy products the the IDFA wins!
Artificial Sweeteners Confuse Your Metabolism
When your body tastes something sweet dopamine is released and then then later the hormone leptin is released after you consume a certain number of calories, telling your body that it’s full. When you eat an artificial sweetener, the dopamine is released but the leptin is not since you aren’t getting the calories, so here come the Carb cravings. NOT good.
Artificial Sweeteners (Especially Aspartame) Promote Other Diseases
- Cardiovascular disease and stroke
- Alzheimer’s disease.
Research Shows Artificial Sweeteners Don’t Help You Lose Weight
The PLOS Study of 2014 shows that rats using aspartame, also found an increased risk of glucose intolerance. Animals that consume artificial sweeteners ended up with raised levels of propionate—short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) involved in sugar production. Consumption of artificial sweeteners shifted gut microbiota to produce propionate, which generated higher blood sugar levels.
Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism Study of 2013 reported that diet soda drinkers suffer the same exact health problems as those who opt for regular soda, such as excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. The researchers speculate that frequent consumption of artificial sweeteners may induce metabolic derangements
Research published in the journal Nature in September 2014 reveals another, previously unknown, mechanism by which artificial sweeteners make you pack on unwanted pounds and disrupt your metabolic function. Most importantly, this study proves causation. In recent years, we’ve learned that gut microbes play a significant role in human health. Certain gut microbes have been linked to obesity, for example, and as it turns out, artificial sweeteners disrupt your intestinal microflora thereby raising your risk of both obesity and diabetes.
These are just a few of many, many studies that show that artificial sweeteners are not good for you.
Cut Artificial Sweeteners From Your Diet to Stay Healthy
Educate yourself and read your labels. Support any legislation that helps to layout exactly what is in all of our products. If you must have sweetener then possibly use stevia or luo han which are both natural sweeteners. If you have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or are carrying extra weight, you’d be best to cut all sweeteners out of your diet.
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