Do Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain?
One of the most common misconceptions regarding artificial sweeteners is that they help in the weight loss process. We are tricked into believeing that we can skip out on loads of calories while taking in MORE food. We all know the ole "Ill have a whopper with cheese, large fries and a diet coke", right?! What most folks dont know is that artificial sweeteners actually make you GAIN weight. They do this in three ways.
1) Stimulate your appetite
2) Increase carbohydrate cravings
3) Stimulate fat storage and weight gain
This article explains the science, HOW:
Now, besides assisting in weight GAIN. Ill share the health risks associated with them.
More popularly known as Nutrasweet and Equal, is found in foods labeled "diet" or "sugar free". Aspartame is believed to be carcinogenic and accounts for more reports of adverse reactions than ALL other foods and food additives combined. Aspartame is not your friend. Aspartame is a neurotoxin and carcinogen. Known to erode intelligence and affect short-term memory, the components of this toxic sweetener may lead to a wide variety of ailments including brain tumor, diseases like lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue, emotional disorders like depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion, migraines and seizures. Acesulfame-K, a relatively new artificial sweetener found in baking goods, gum and gelatin, has not been thoroughly tested and has been linked to kidney tumors.
Here's what Dr. Steven Hotze had to say about it: Sucralose is chlorinated hydrocarbon, which is toxic. Any chlorinated hydrocarbon in the world is toxic and carcinogenic. Splenda was originally made as a pesticide- go dump it on your ant beds and come back tomorrow to see all of the dead ants. Sucralose is poison. When they realized in development that it was sweet, they shifted its purpose to a sweetener since its a way more profitable market than pesticides. I actually have a client that was in ICU on a ventilator couple years ago. She had neruological damage and docors theought she had Guillain-Barré syndrome. Long story short, she realized she was poisoned by splenda. She had very similar bodily reactions as bugs when their nervous system is exposed to pesticide.
This one is not used as much anymore, but is a know carcinogen. Studies in laboratory rats during the early 1970s linked saccharin with the development of bladder cancer. For this reason, Congress mandated that further studies of saccharin be performed and required that all food containing saccharin bear the following warning label: “Use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin, which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals.”
Artificial Sweeteners are commonly found in (but not limited to):
diet or sugar free sodas, diet coke, coke zero, jello (and over gelatins), desserts, sugar free gum, drink mixes, baking goods, table top sweeteners, cereal, breathmints, pudding, kool-aid, ice tea, chewable vitamins, toothpaste
SOLUTIONS: Natural raw organic un refined brown sugar is just 16 calories per teaspoon. That is NOT that much! Local raw honey. Real Maple Syrup, Sucanat, Stevia (The green or brown liquid- not the refined white)
Personally, this one is a deal breaker for me. To me, there are ZERO benefits both with weight loss and health for using artificial sweeteners. Once you have conditioned your taste buds to enjoy natural real sugar (or better yet, not to crave sugar at all) you will appreciate the natural taste of drinks and foods. They in NO WAY should be included in any product claiming to be healthy or for weight loss.
- Seay Stanford