You are probably thinking, no way would I eat an artifical apple! Well, if that is the case, why would you consider eating artifical sweetener?
There are a variety of artificial sweeteners on the market. They come in different forms, are made of different chemicals, sport different yet attractive names but one thing they all have in common is that the research on it’s safety is confusing. You can do all the research you want; however, at the end of the day you need to make your own decision on whether to include or avoid artificial sweeteners in your diet. Here are a few things to think about while making your decision.
Most artificial sweeteners are between 200-13,000 times more sweet than natural sugar and therefor change the way you perceive sweetness. Other foods, such as fruit, do not taste as sweet once accustomed to the artificial sweetener. Research shows that this can cause people to consume more calories due to the fact that he or she is not satisfied or may find natural foods less appealing. So, although you may view an artificial sweetener as a weight loss aid, it may in fact be sabotaging your efforts.
In the Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis determined that people who drink diet beverages regularly (daily) had a 67% increase risk of type 2 diabetes and 36% increased risk for metabolic syndrome. Huh? I thought this was supposed to improve our risk!
Other side effects can include headache, diarrhea, bloating, and intestinal gas.
I promote a whole foods diet. This means choosing foods that are made of natural ingredients. Yes, sometimes even sugar, in moderation of course. But, don’t let us make up your mind. Do the research yourself and make your own educated decision.
Artificial Sweetener Aliases:
High Fructose Corn Syrup