Have you ever thought you are doing your body a lot of good choosing artificial sweeteners? And did you think they will help you lose weight because they have zero calories? You are not alone! And did you notice that despite all the efforts in the gym and a healthy diet you seem not to shift the unwanted kg/pounds. On the contrary, you seem to put on weight!! Indeed! Artificial sweeteners were once considered to be a helpful weight loss tool and an alternative to sugar for diabetics. The zero-calorie artificial sweetener has gone from the role of savior to devil. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved five artificial sweeteners.
What are the five artificial sweeteners?
- and sucralose.
These artificial sweeteners are intended to save you the calories from sugar, but there’s growing evidence that there are numerous adverse effects.
What does the research say?
As summarized on the Harvard School of Public Health website, the concern is that sweetness without calories is unnatural and may stimulate hormonal changes that encourage overeating. Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity and weight-loss specialist at Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital, says one concern is that people who use artificial sweeteners may replace the lost calories through other sources, possibly offsetting weight loss or health benefits. Have you ever felt you crave sugar even more after using an artificial sweetener?
Why is there a trigger?
There are also studies emerging that show how artificial sweeteners can trigger “sweet receptors” in the stomach that tell the body to produce insulin, even though there is no actual consumption of sugar. Replicating the body’s response to real sugar, these high insulin levels may promote fat storage and trigger unhealthy food cravings.
What does your gut say about the artificial sweeteners?
In a landmark study published in Nature in 2014, scientists showed that artificial sweeteners wreak havoc in the gut microbiome and lead to obesity, glucose intolerance, and diabetes. Another recent study has shown that replacing sugary drinks with artificially sweetened drinks does not reduce the risk for diabetes and other metabolic diseases, as originally intended. Hey, drink water instead! You get hydrated better and you lengthen your lifespan.
The bottom line
There has been, and still is, ongoing controversy over the use of artificial sweeteners; however, there are certain indisputable facts. For example, 10 percent of aspartame is broken down into methanol, a known poison. Would you still use that knowing what you know now? Another fact is that sucralose is manufactured with chlorine. More negative side effects attributed to artificial sweeteners are reported to the FDA than any other types of additives. Would you knowingly abuse your body? If you crave sugar your diet is in imbalance. Did you know that your body is actually lacking protein?
Be vigilant and read ingredient listings to avoid artificial sweeteners. The more natural it is the more native it is to the body to recognize it! SO, eat food that is naturally sweet, like fruit and vegetables – preferably organic. But be in the know that even organic food doesn’t have the adequate mineral and vitamin content your body needs to function optimally. (The reason behind that is soil depletion. Feel free to reach out to learn more about this topic alone). Therefore, choose organic-based nutritional supplements. There is a number of them I’d highly recommend which will help you create a win-win Active Wellness lifestyle and meet all your needs. So reach out to me for more info!
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