What’s up with Artificial Sweeteners and weight gain ?
There have been studies recently concerning the use of artificial sweeteners
and their impact on the health and weight of the users taking them. Many
people turn to stevia, splenda, aspartame, or saccharin in order to satisfy
their sweet tooth without increasing calories. Nature however, has other plans.
Apparently using these sugar substitutes alters gut flora, or increases appetite,
or changes metabolism or some combination of these actions, such that the body
retains weight or increases it, and loses it’s natural ability to discern
proper glucose signaling. Here are some articles to study this phenomenon
In this sweet, sweet world we live in, losing weight can be a dull and flavorless experience. Lovely stove-popped popcorn drenched in butter gives way to dry microwaved half-burnt kernels covered in dusty yellow powder. The cookies and candy that help us get through the long afternoons are replaced with virtuous but boring apples and nuts. Even the sugar that livens up our coffee gets a skeptical eye: That’s an extra 23 calories per packet you shouldn’t be eating.
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