Step into any restaurant or deli and you will be surprised to see the amazing and growing array of diet drinks in the cold drink refrigerator cases. Apparently, the sugar substitute craze is alive and well.
180 million Americans are consuming artificial sweeteners in an attempt to cut back on calories, lose weight and live and eat right. Just take a look at the supermarket aisle that has artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes – Splenda, Aspartame, Equal, Saccharin, Truvia, Sweet ‘n Low – the shelves seems to grow daily. The consumer is baffled. How does one know what is safe, and what is not?
As Americans continue to seek healthy options and alternatives to white sugar, many are taking a second look at artificial sweeteners. Why does significant weight loss seems to elude some people? Take 2 pounds off and the scale goes up three. What’s going on here?
Let’s examine one possible cause as to the weight loss roller coaster – artificial sweeteners.
Artifical sweeteners, are they really helping you to lose weight?
Xylitol, mannitol, splenda – all are artificial sweeteners designed to cut the calories found in white sugar. But are we winning the battle of the bulge despite all these low calorie sweeteners and sugar substitutes? Have you ever wondered what these things are doing to our bodies?
According to the article, “Are artificial sweeteners sabotaging your diet”ultrawellness.com, a study found in the “Journal of Behavioral Neuroscience” has shown conclusively that artificial sweeteners do not prevent weight gain, but rather induces a cascade of physiological and hormonal response that make you gain weight.
The study involved using two different groups of rats. One was given yogurt sweetened with sugar and the other given yogurt sweetened with saccharin. Their findings were astonishing. In 14 days, they found that the group of rats that were fed artifical sweeteners had had their appetites stimulated and actually ate more food. Obviously, this increased their weight and body fat. Also, it was found that the core body temperature of the rats fed the artificial sweeteners decreased subsequently slowing down their metabolism. These are significant findings because this would indicate that the same thing is taking place in humans: lowered temperatures will slow down the metabolism thus making it difficult, if not impossible to lose weight. In addition to the fact that many of the chemicals in sugar substitutes are actually appetite stimulants which increase cravings.for the very foods that we are trying to avoid – sweets!
Let’s look at some stats. The incidence of obesity in the US has grown from 14 million in 1987 to 30 million in the year 2000. The numbers of artificial sugar usage in drinks increased from 70 million to 160 million in the same time period. The correlation is clear.
Let’s learn to eat more naturally by consuming the healthier sugars – as seen in fruits with fiber, and other non-chemical alternatives. Cutting back on the carbs and fats and increasing exercise.
Drinking water is a number one – #1 key to winning the battle; water helps the kidney and liver in detoxification and ridding the body of fat and toxins whose build-up will prevent weight loss. These are the tried and true secrets to weight loss.
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“Are artificial sweeteners sabotaging your diet?” ultrawellness.com