It would be very logical to think that when craving sweets but trying to lose weight at the same time artificial sweeteners would be a good solution. Logical only if the facts have not been presented.
Have you ever noticed that it is rare to see a thin person drinking a diet soda? It might be for a few reasons. First, they know how dangerous diet soda is, and second they do not care for soda and simply choose to drink water. I am amazed at how many times I have heard people say “I simply dislike water”. To me it almost sounds like someone saying “I dislike air”. Wait you dislike it because it tastes like nothing? It hydrates your body and replenishes it with the levels of water needed to actually survive. An overweight person however is okay with ordering a Big Mac, followed by a large order of fries and a diet coke. The thinking behind it is that while consuming that big chunk of calories with the food, they will be “good” and consume zero calories with their drink. But what most people do not realize is that consuming those zero calorie drinks is actually worse than the real calories from simple refined sugar, honey or any other natural sweetener.
After you read the information provided, which can also be found in many scientific studies you will have no doubt that artificial sweeteners are one of the key elements in the rising obesity epidemic.
Links Between Obesity and Artificial Sweeteners
The growth of obesity has strangely coincided with the growth of the use of artificial sweeteners.
We know for a fact that a familiar desired smell or taste can trigger hunger. Any sweet taste or even a familiar food smell will produce a signal to your body that food is on its way and trigger a response of preparation. Not only your hormones can get out of place but also your metabolic responses when the expected food never arrives. This confusion can lead to a lot of other problems besides your body not being able to metabolize food properly and timely. Are you still left wondering why you cannot lose weight while drinking diet soda?
The study published in the Journal of Behavioral Neuroscience has proved that artificial sweeteners will not only prevent you from losing weight but will actually help you gain it.
Here is the list of artificial sweeteners to avoid at all cost:
- Acesulfame potassium (Sunett, Sweet One)
- Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet)
- Saccharin (SugarTwin, Sweet'N Low)
- Sucralose (Splenda)
- Sugar Alcohols
Although not as dangerous as artificial sweeteners there is still health concerns when consumed in large quantities 10-50 grams and can even have laxative effect. It might cause bloating, intestinal gas and even diarrhea.
Sugar alcohols are used in processed foods: chocolate, frozen desserts, chewing gum, toothpaste etc. Even though it is not as dangerous as artificial sweeteners it is a lot of times used with artificial sweeteners to enhance the sweetness.
Sugar alcohols can be found under the names:
- Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate
Try to avoid all artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols when possible. While consuming artificial sweeteners you are confusing your taste buds and your gut, you are messing with your hormones, you overeat and also increase your chances for diabetes. It is really damaging your body’s ability to process food and allow you to naturally lose weight or keep the weight off. Zero calories are only an illusion that has made many companies very rich but also have brought on many health problems and sometimes even death to those affected by the side effects and medical issues that can be triggered with the consumption of it.
If you do crave sugar. Eat it! It is much better and safer than using this chemical process junk that will not only leave you hungry but will make you gain weight at the speed of light. Reversing the damages done will be extremely hard and nearly impossible.
Stay healthy and love yourself!