Weight Loss Wednesday: Can Artificial Sweetener Make you Fat?

Weight Loss Wednesday: Can Artificial Sweetener Make you Fat?

I am sure that by now you are aware of the fact that calorie intake influences weight loss and that to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in. However, for many people, limiting the calories feels like deprivation, especially when it comes to cutting out sweet treats. For this very reason, artificial sweeteners have become popular with those watching their weight- as they allow a means to have a treat and not face the high calorie consequences associated with a high sugar intake.

     However, science is now taking a harder look at artificial sweeteners in general. Although previously thought to be an efficient way to maintain a lower body weight, several recent studies have linked the consistent use of artificial sweeteners with an increased probability of overweight and obesity, as well as a risk factor for developing diabetes when compared to - a physiological condition that is a risk factor for diabetes, when compared to people whose diets did not contain artificial sweeteners. Similarly, animal studies suggest that artificial sweeteners may disturb the body’s ability to detect and digest blood sugar by stimulating sweet taste receptors within the gut and disrupting gut bacterial health. Until more research is done, my suggestion is that artificial sweeteners must be viewed and consumed with the same caution used when consuming added sugar of a natural form, with moderation or complete abstinence maintained.