Some Bad News about Artificial Sweeteners

Posted: December 30, 2011 in Diet and Nutrition

I wanted to share with you the findings from a recent study on artificial sweeteners. This study is making headline news and has come out of University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Basically, they found that waist size in diet-soda drinkers increased by 70 percent. And very frequent users (more than two drinks a day) saw 500% increases in waist size!

Why? Researchers think that artificial sweeteners aren’t recognized by your brain in the same way. So when you drink something (or eat something) with artificial sweeteners hoping to satisfy that sweet tooth, your brain may not realize it’s actually getting something sweet and you tend to keep eating to satisfy that desire.

Another result they found from testing on mice was that aspartame actually increased blood glucose levels, which is bad news for diabetics and people at risk for diabetes. So artificial sweeteners may not be the quick fix that diabetics should look to as substitutes for sugar.

Something to think about! My opinion is, of course, to always eat naturally and just practice self control. Sugar in small amounts is fine, and it’s even better if it’s coming from fruit! So turn to lower calorie, naturally sweetened foods for your sweet tooth fix. My favorite: Fruitfull Frozen Fruit Bars!

Happy eating 🙂

  1. Jordan N says:

    In March of this year I quit eating fast food, drinking soda, drinking beer and quit eating grains…. Lost 18lbs. I wasn’t even trying to lose weight, But the weight just fell right off by changing my eating habits. I had a few sips of soda over Thanksgiving Break and I felt like absolute cr@p… I think i’ll stick to water!

    • That’s great, congratulations! Diet is so important to our health and so often we don’t pay enough attention to what we eat. I am glad you’re feeling so much better and eating better now! It’s totally worth it 🙂

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