If you want to reduce the sugar in your diet and lose weight then you need to consume fewer calories. Then you might think that diet food, with artificial sweeteners and zero calories will be great help towards the new lifestyle you’re aiming at. It’s logical so logical to assume that, but in fact studies have shown that it’s not the fact. Diet sweeteners can actually make you fat!
According to research done at Purdue University the results shows overwhelming proof that artificial sweeteners make us fat. In this research a group of people were given artificial sweeteners in their diet, subsequently those individuals had increasing appetite and consumed three times more calories than those individual who were given regular sugar. The conclusion to this study was that it is less fattening to eat regular sugar than artificial sweeteners, event though eating this much regular sugar isn’t good for anyone. American study on 80,000 women showed that those who use artificial sweeteners regularly put on more weight per year than those who do not use them. The findings also showed that the more artificial sweeteners you use, it increases your appetite and makes you crave for more food. So the more sweeteners you eat, the more food you will need. Another study done on rats supports those findings. The rats whose diets contained artificial sweeteners appeared to overeat and become fat more quickly.
Dr. Savard stated in an interview at ABC News that there is something about diet foods that changes your metabolic limit. Dr. Savard also talked about recent study which included more than 18,000 people. This study showed that if healthy adults consumed one diet drink a day then they could increase their risk of health problems and metabolic disorders by 30-40%.
Many diet products contain those sweeteners, f.ex. diet soda, many sorts of light Yogurt and sugar-free Chewing Gum. If a product is said to be sugar-free, light or diet, then you should read the labels and see if it contains artificial sweeteners. You will be surprised to find out how many products actually contain these sweeteners.
- Diet Soda Risks Diabetes: New Data (grchealthcareblog.com)
- Artificial sweeteners tied to obesity, Type 2 diabetes (cbc.ca)
- Getting Fat with “Diet Food”? (doctorisabel.com)