For those of you who are fighting the battle of the bulge and attempting to regain your health, I would like to share a useful piece of information. Practically everyone I have worked with or run into attempting to lose weight and keep it off believes substituting artificial sweeteners for sugar is the key. Well I’m sorry, but I’m here to burst that myth. Not only does using artificial sweeteners not assist you in losing weight, in some studies it has been shown to cause more weight gain than normal sugar. Throw in the fact multiple health conditions have been associated with artificial sweeteners, such as:
In a recent study titled: Gain Weight by “Going Diet?” Artificial Sweeteners and the Neurobiology of Sugar Cravings, published in 2010 found:
“Several large scale prospective cohort studies found positive correlation between artificial sweetener use and weight gain. The San Antonio Heart Study examined 3,682 adults over a seven- to eight-year period in the 1980s. When matched for initial body mass index (BMI), gender, ethnicity, and diet, drinkers of artificially sweetened beverages consistently had higher BMIs at the follow-up, with dose dependence on the amount of consumption… Saccharin use was also associated with eight-year weight gain in 31,940 women from the Nurses’ Health Study conducted in the 1970s.
Similar observations have been reported in children.
A two-year prospective study involving 166 school children found that increased diet soda consumption was associated with higher BMI Z-scores at follow-up, indicating weight gain. The Growing Up Today Study, involving 11,654 children aged 9 to 14 also reported positive association between diet soda and weight gain for boys. For each daily serving of diet beverage, BMI increased by 0.16 kg/m2… A cross-sectional study looking at 3,111 children and youth found diet soda drinkers had significantly elevated BMI.”
I highly recommend anyone currently using artificial sweeteners to stop and replace them with natural sweeteners such as, stevia and xylitol. Your health and your waistline will thank you for it!
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