Artificial Sweetener: Is it a sweet poison?

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An increasing number of so-called ‘health conscious’ people these days have started substituting sugar with artificial sweeteners. They seem to provide a perfect treat to your sweet tooth without adding up any more calories to your diet. Used by almost every household, baker, and cook, artificial sweeteners seem to be a boon for people, who want to gorge their favorites, while still being able to restrict their calorie count. Yet, the obesity rates across the globe are on their all time high. Is it just a coincidence? Why are the sugar substitutes unable to help people shed their extra fat?

Believe it or not; artificial sweeteners cannot help you lose weight.

Yes, it’s a shocking truth and even more shocking is the fact that they can make you crave for real sugar. A study conducted by Yale University School of Medicine, USA, has concluded that low-calorie sweetened products may make you crave for high calorie alternatives later. You are more likely to face this relapse if you continuously eat low calorie food when you are in a state of hunger or exhaustion. You cannot fool the brain by providing artificial alternatives to it. You feel happy when you satisfy your taste buds but your brain can determine that you didn’t give it something it desperately wanted. It feels satisfied only when the sugar you eat is broken down to provide you energy. Until then, it will make you crave for real sugar and you will end up eating a lot of it later. The San Antonio Heart Study also concluded similar results. The researchers found that people who prefer diet beverages are more likely to gain weight and suffer from obesity as compared to those who choose natural sugar.

So, if you thought diet coke and sugar-free cookies aren’t going to affect your weight loss outcome, think again. They are probably one of the reasons why you aren’t able to achieve your goals. If you want an enviable bikini figure, make healthy food choices.

Wait. We are not done.

Artificial sweeteners can make you more prone to heart attacks

Sugar alternatives can kill you and this is now scientifically proven. Studies have found that sugar as well as sugar alternatives increase your metabolic syndrome, thereby making you more prone to life threatening cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Metabolic syndrome is a group of factors that occur together and increase your chances of suffering from cardiovascular problems. Some of these factors are elevated triglycerides, high level of obesity, especially abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance. Studies have found that drinking as minimum as one glass of sweetened beverages a day can increase your metabolic syndrome by a whopping 44%. The studies also disclosed that artificial sugar is as harmful as natural sugar, and maybe even more.

So, now you have one more reason why artificial sugar shouldn’t be your choice.

Still not convinced? Here are some more reasons why you shouldn’t prefer them.

A study conducted by Purdue University has concluded that consuming artificial sweeteners can make you more prone to Type 2 diabetes, even if you are not obese. 

Some psychiatrists claim that Aspartame, a common form of chemical sweetener, can cause hallucinations, seizures, and even brain tumour.

Some studies also concluded that these sugar alternatives can cause cancer. However, National Cancer Institute and other reputed organisations state that there is no clear evidence about their carcinogenicity in relation to human beings. May be there is no clear evidence, but should you really overlook something as dangerous as cancer just for the sake of minimizing your calorie intake?

Some studies have found that they can cause overeating, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and other diseases and disorders.

 

Reference links:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130922205933.htm

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2008.284/abstract

 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130710122000.htm

 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23850261

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