Artificial Sweeteners-Good, Bad or just plain Ugly?

Many people who are trying to lose weight often will aim to reduce their sugar intake and will tend to switch from sugar to artificial sweeteners as an easy way to reduce their calorie consumption. Artificial sweeteners can be found in many products including soft drinks, many low calorie “healthy” snacks and in many more products that are perceived to be a nutritious and healthy alternative.

However latest research has found that artificial sweeteners may be responsible for greater stimulation of reward centres in our brain, which in turn may affect the way you experience the reward you get from various sweet tastes. Sara Bleich, an associate professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, believes that artificial sweeteners may disrupt the brains ability to reliably gauge calorie consumption and as a result your appetite control can be affected.

A study lead by Sara Bleich in 2014 has indicated that overweight and obese adults who drink diet beverages actually consume more calories from food than their peers who were drinking just a standard soft drink.
Furthermore, another study looked into the effect that the artificial sweeteners were having on mice. Incredibly this study has shown that artificial sweeteners might be responsible for altering gut bacteria that may predispose mice to glucose intolerance and in turn lead to diabetes.

One can say that the jury is still out on what are the long term effects of artificial sweeteners on the human body. However, it seems that it might be a good idea just to follow a healthy and nutritious diet that will include some natural sugar, rather than to try and find a quick fix. Staying active and training can help you lose weight; getting yourself a personal trainer can assist you even further but if you don’t eat to meet your health goals, just don’t waste your time.

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