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Saccharin Increases Calories Consumed in the Long Run

Artificial Sweetener May Make You Gain?

If you're a fan of artificial sweeteners for weight loss then you may want to rethink it before you tear open a packet.

New research has found that saccharin altered the ability of rats to control their appetites. Why? Well apparently it is based on the subconscious. For most of us, a sweet taste is a sign that calories are on their way. The problem comes in when sweetness is not followed by calories. This can lead to confusion in the body's digestive system, and the metabolism rate may not gear up as much the next time sweetness is tasted. The result is that over time our bodies may learn to not expect much in terms of getting calories from sweet foods, leading us to consume more and more, artificial or not.

The semigood news? The head of an artificial sweetener trade group dismissed such claims, saying they don't translate to human behavior. Hum.

Me, I've never been a fan of artificial sweeteners for many reasons (mainly taste) but this just adds to my list of reasons to avoid them. What about you guys — do you regularly eat artificial sweeteners?


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DanielleBabe DanielleBabe 6 years
To reiterate the truth... "posted by hottpink [+] Mon, 02/11/2008 - 2:11pm Report Comment I use Stevia as well. I love it!! Splenda is just as bad as Sweet n Low or equal. It contains trace amounts of carcinogens in the form of chlorine!"
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
I only consume artificial sweetners in Diet Coke. I love the taste of coke but can't bare to consume all those calories from sugar with no health benefits at all! Plus often it's the only drink available sometimes, like when you eat out at a fast-food place and you order a meal, your only drinking options are soda or diet soda... i'd rather ingest my calories with greasy fried chicken than sugar-water... mmmm greasy fried chicken... :D
Allytta Allytta 9 years
kinda strange almost nobody mentioned honey. now that i'm sick, i drink black tea with lemon, ginger and honey. and it made my fever go down from 39°C to 37,4. the normal is 36.6 for you americans :) and 39 is the maximum alowed to have without serious intervention. 41 is deadly.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
artificial in my tea, coffee and porridge. real in my baking. i do this mainly because my mom did when i was growing up, even though i was adding real sugar back then.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
oops forgot to say that info is from the Mayo Clinic Website - about tooth decay and cavities.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
LesleyP825 - as far as your husband getting a lot of cavities. There are many factors hat can cause contribute to people developing cavities. Some are really surprising some are common knowledge. Things that can help promote tooth decay: 1.Certain foods and drinks-Some foods and drinks are more likely than others to cause decay. Fermentable carbohydrates are the biggest problem. These foods cling to your teeth for a long time. Fermentable carbohydrates include all sugars and most cooked starches. Examples include milk, honey, table sugar, soda, raisins, cake, hard candy, breath mints, dried fruit, cookies, dry cereal, bread and potato chips. Some food that may seem like obvious culprits may not be after all. For instance, although candy bars, jelly beans and caramels are sticky and sugary, they're easily washed away by saliva, making them less of a threat than are potato chips, which stubbornly stick to your teeth. 2.Frequent snacking or sipping. 3.Not brushing. 4.Bottled water. 5.Older age 6.Receding gums. 7.Dry mouth. 8.Weak or rough dental fillings. 9.Eating disorders. 10.Heartburn. 11.Close contact. (this is a weird one) Some harmful, decay-causing bacteria in the mouth can be passed from one person to another by kissing or sharing eating utensils. Parents or even child care providers may pass along harmful bacteria to infants and children, for example. 12.Certain cancer treatments. Also- having Migraine disease can weaken tooth enamel leading to tooth decay. Hope that helps some.
Jeny Jeny 9 years
I use splenda alot! I'd rather have that then all the sugar!
ElissaM ElissaM 9 years
I use Splenda every day in my coffee...but I use real sugar in iced tea. Guess it's just a preference
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i grew up on sweet n low and i hope that's not the reason that my metabolism is slower. now i typically use splenda when it's avaiable....
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 9 years
I use one splenda daily in my coffee and have one diet coke per day in the afternoon. I find that if I have too much artificial sweetener or drink too much diet soda I get really bad stomach cramps. I've tried baking with splenda before and it didn't come out the same. Now let me ask all of you this. My husband uses a ton of splenda and doesn't eat much real sugar. He brushes his teeth really well and flosses. But he always get cavities. Do you think it's from all the splenda or just pure coincidence?
CieloChic CieloChic 9 years
Thanks Foxie, I went yesterday straight from work to Sun Harvest, and they did have it! I also found Agave, I want to give that one a try.
cereal_please cereal_please 9 years
I'm probabaly the artificial sweetener queen. I'm a Diet Coke addict (one or more 20oz bottles a day and maybe a can). The drinking water at my school tastes weird, so I often add Crystal Light/some other 0 calorie drink mix to my drink. I always sweeten my tea with Splenda, and I chew about 10 pieces of sugar free gum a day. I really don't think this increases my appetite.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
I need to run to Costco and get another box!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
I love Splenda! I use it daily! (It doesn't cause me weight gain, I only weigh 109 pounds and I'm 5'5) Hooray for Splenda! So good in coffee, oatmeal, or on top of Smart Balance peanut butter!
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I use Splenda and Sweet N Low. I do not eat more calories than I would without. I sometimes put a little sugar making my coffee 4 to 1 Splenda to sugar. I can't use all sugar b/c I like things REALLY SWEET.
foxie foxie 9 years
@Cielo, even Kroger has Stevia, so I'm sure your store will too. It comes in granules but also in a dropper-bottle. And as kgtg said, Agave is awesome too.
lamicmic lamicmic 9 years
i use splenda ALL the time cuz i have impaired glucose tolerence and 2tbsp of sugar (in my coffee) first thing in the morning sends my blood sugar totally out of whack. I figure if i'm going to have a vice, it might as well be splenda in coffee vs. eating at mcdonalds every day. Also, splenda is just a molecules of sucrose with a chloride group attached and we consume trace chlorides in other foods (fruits veggies etc.) so i figure its ok.
acassiano acassiano 9 years
WOW! I was surprised to hear about this today. Years ago I started using Sweetinlow, then Equal and now I only use Splenda. Maybe this is one of the reasons I can't seem to lose weight. Since most of the foods we all consume that read Sugar-free are made with artifical sweetner. I going to reconsider using these sweetners from now on!
ibiteback ibiteback 9 years
I eat (if you can call it that) a lot of Splenda. I put it in my coffee. I bake with it, and I put it in my oatmeal. My mom always used artifical sweetners so I grew up on the taste. I don't mind the taste but I never used real sugar or honey in tea/coffee so I don't know what I'm missing.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I gave up ALL artificial sweetners (except the sugar alcohol found in gum) and found that even though I used splenda and diet coke and whatnot, I was still craving sugar. BUT, once I gave up sugar and artificial sugar, I don't crave sugar at all!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Ok, so I like to think I'm smarter than a rat. I use Nutrasweet in my coffee (and no, it doesn't cause cancer) and I don't make up for it by eating extra sugar throughout the day. I would probably consume more calories if I used real sugar in my coffee because it would just be extra calories. I can see it causing weight gain if you are one of those people that eats cake and cookies and drinks a diet Coke with it, but if you are eating a healthy diet that's pretty balanced, cutting out sugar is probably a pretty good thing.
Pistil Pistil 9 years
I don't like the taste of artificial sweeteners, or the idea of them in general. I'd rather use real sugar (in moderation).
hottpink hottpink 9 years
I use Stevia as well. I love it!! Splenda is just as bad as Sweet n Low or equal. It contains trace amounts of carcinogens in the form of chlorine!
juliataylor juliataylor 9 years
There was a period of a few months where I LOVED artificial sweeteners. Then I read Skinny Bitch and it describes all of the bad stuff inside of the sweeteners. So, I stopped right away and now I can't have anything with aspartame, it tastes really gross to me and it makes me feel sick.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I use Stevia. It took me about a week to get used to it...but I LOVE it now!
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