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Artificial Sweeteners Not So Sweet for Your Health

A while back, I told you the odd news that diet soda can make you fat. Nine months ago, the researchers did not know why there was a connection between pounds gained and diet soda consumed. Now new research indicates the cause is that your gut can't tell the difference between real sugar and artificial sweetener. Our intestines actually have taste receptors for the sweetness of glucose. Artificial sweeteners are engineered so well that they trigger the same taste receptors in the small intestine that glucose does, releasing hormones that absorb sugar into the bloodstream as well as regulate appetite and insulin production. Read more about the study in our Gut Has Taste Receptors: Mount Sinai Researchers Identify Link to Obesity and Diabetes.

So you might skip the next best thing to sugar and go for the sugar itself. In moderation; of course.


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Peyote Peyote 9 years
I just quite aspartame and all other artificial sweeteners two weeks ago today! It was rather hard and still is, due to the physical symptoms of withdrawal. I'm happy that I made the decision to do it though.
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 9 years
Artifical sweeteners do not cause cancer. The studies that "proved" that they do were inaccurate. As for gaining more weight... having to much of excess is never good. That's why gluttony is one of the 7 deadly sins! I try to avoid sweeteners because they have an odd after taste, but I do enjoy crystal light *shrug*
Wikipedia Wikipedia 9 years
I'm sorry, I'm not sure I understand. Is this saying that even if you control your calories you'll gain weight from diet coke? Or just that it causes you to desire sugar more so you end up having more calories from something else?
Allytta Allytta 9 years
but that's only a research, not a 100% fact... maybe a fact for some people. i don't really buy into that.
FitBuffDotCom FitBuffDotCom 9 years
Hopefully the mounting bad press against sodas (diet or not) will bring more people over to the Clear Side -- water, not Sprite! Here's another study on the HFCS in soft drinks: High Fructose Corn Syrup...Finally, Some Proof!
BrooklynSugar BrooklynSugar 9 years
Bleh, diet soda tastes bad to me... I guess I never let myself get used to the taste of artificial sweeteners. I don't drink soda in general... I don't use much sugar either, but I love a little honey in my tea/coffee - it adds a bit of sweetness and vitamins. Probably the most natural out of all the sweet options. "Honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. The vitamins found in honey may include (depending on floral variety) niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid; minerals present include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc." Mmmm, I think the bees are onto something...
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I love my nutrasweet, but I should probably reconsider consuming it. I seriously can't tell the difference between diet soda and regular, so I usually drink diet. I should cut back though :P
juju4 juju4 9 years
I've been trying to quit consuming artificial sweetners, and I have found it very hard. I have a sweet tooth, and I feel like fake sugar is almost more sweet than real has been an adjustment to put "sugar in the raw" in my tea rather than a packet of Equal. n My trainer had said that artificial sweetners make your body acidic,and this article just ads one more reason for me to just walk away! I had been slipping a little (I had a sugar free cinnamon dolce latte today from Starbucks) but now I am recommitted!
pk9000 pk9000 9 years
So I read the research articles and a review on them in PNAS..... The artificial sweetener used was Splenda. Splenda and glucose activate the same taste receptors in the small intestine. Activation of these receptors then upregulates the glucose transporter in the small intestine. So eating Splenda or glucose will increase your absorption of glucose in your system in the same way. Using sugar will cause your body to absorb this sugar, and eating Splenda will cause your body to absorb as much glucose as if you had eaten sugar, but your body cannot actually absorb/digest the Splenda. So if you use a lot of sugar, you're still going to ingest more calories than if you had used Splenda. In my opinion, I'll still drink Coke Zero over Coke. But this study will probably have a large impact on diabetics and how they manage their diet.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
I love my diet sodas & Splenda....
sunshinevaness sunshinevaness 9 years
Can't you get cancer from them too? Artificial sweeteners are so bad...
maryamrose maryamrose 9 years
I quit artificial sweeteners after being a daily diet coke drinker since I was 13. I drink fruit juice mixed with sparkling water (about 40/60) if I ever want a sweet fizzy drink. I've lost about 10 pounds since I did that, and I'm pretty sure it's because I'm keeping my blood sugar pretty stable and exercising.
lintacious lintacious 9 years
it is ARTIFICIAL!!! why the heck would man-made chemicals be good for you?!
cmgtvs7577 cmgtvs7577 9 years
I am not sure I can give my diet coke either
LoneWolf LoneWolf 9 years
I always say I'd rather have a little bit of real sugar than a lot of artificial sweetener. It's just not good for you.
workofiction workofiction 9 years
I'm just not sure I can give up my diet cokes!
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