Jun 07 2015

What you should know about Artificial Sweeteners

Published by at 12:00 pm under General

There is nothing sweet about the negative health effects of artificial sweeteners.  Avoid artificial sweeteners as they play havoc on your gut and your entire health system.
Are you a diet soda drinker? Many people are. It is easy to grab a diet drink thinking we are making the healthier choice, but grab no more! It’s true that they contain zero to few calories, but the scary truth is that artificial sweeteners, including aspartame, saccharine and sucralose, when consumed regularly, can cause you to gain weight and lead to other serious health issues.

Our guts, also referred to as our “second brain,” are smart and they are at the core of our overall health and well being. It is important to feed your body organic, whole, natural foods that it recognizes and knows how to assimilate, digest and process. But when we introduce chemicals that are not natural, as in the case of artificial sweeteners, (and GMOs) it does not know how to respond, and may respond in ways you don’t want it to, such as developing glucose intolerance which can lead to weight gain and disease including type 2 diabetes.1

Research published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, reviewed a collection of literature and studies on the relationship between artificially sweetened beverages and its effects on such things as weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. They concluded that there is a “…link between consumption of artificially sweetened beverages and a variety of negative health outcomes…especially in adults…” 2.

It seems that when we consume artificial sweeteners, the sweet taste sends a signal to the gut that food with a high calorie count is entering the stomach. Your digestive system expects and prepares for this high level of energy, but when it doesn’t arrive, your gut becomes confused. Energy is not consumed efficiently, and your body’s hunger signals go haywire.

A lot of research has been done regarding artificial sweeteners and how they affect our health. A team of Israeli scientists concluded, in a study done last year on mice, that  “… ingesting artificial sweeteners might lead to—of all things—obesity and related ailments such as diabetes. This study was not the first to note this link in animals, but it was the first to find evidence of a plausible cause: the sweeteners appear to change the population of intestinal bacteria that direct metabolism, the conversion of food to energy or stored fuel. And this result suggests the connection might also exist in humans…”

“…The  study suggests that artificial sweeteners enhance the populations of gut bacteria that are more efficient at pulling energy from our food and turning that energy into fat. In other words, artificial sweeteners may favor the growth of bacteria that make more calories available to us, calories that can then find their way to our hips, thighs and midriffs, says Peter Turnbaugh of the University of California, San Francisco, an expert on the interplay of bacteria and metabolism…”4

“…Animal studies have also shown that artificial sweeteners interfere with your body’s production of a hormone called GLP-1. It’s a hormone that regulates your blood sugar levels and your feelings of satiety. It’s also been shown to protect your heart, When people get artificial sweeteners, they’re not releasing things like GLP-1…”4

Reasons to avoid artificial sweeteners:

  • They cause you to crave more sugar and carbs like bread and pasta.
  • They fool your metabolism into thinking sugar is coming, causing your body to create more insulin, the fat storage hormone, which results in more belly fat to be created.
  • They confuse and slow down your metabolism, causing you to burn fewer calories
  • They are hundreds of times sweeter than regular sugar, activating our preference for sweet taste more than any other substance.
  • Increases your risk of obesity
  • Artificial sweeteners also promote other health problems associated with excessive sugar consumption, including heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes4,5

And finally, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2015, “…People who never drank diet soda increased their waist circumference by an average of 0.8 inches during a nine-year observation period. Occasional diet soda drinkers added an average of 1.83 inches to their waist line in that time period. Daily diet soda drinkers gained an average of nearly 3.2 inches—quadruple that of those who abstained from diet soda altogether…”6

You may have heard that PepsiCo is responding to consumer concerns and making a switch in their cola products away from aspartame. “…The decision came in response to dwindling sales, mirroring consumers’ concerns about aspartame’s health hazards…”4

But they are switching it out for sucralose. Don’t be fooled. It is still an artificial sweetener that has similar adverse affects. Though aspartame has been the target of most bad press, know that ALL artificial sweeteners are unhealthy, as your body doesn’t know how to recognize them. It goes back to sticking with whole foods, natural foods, organic foods that benefit the gut microbiota, not destroy it, trick it or play havoc on it in any way. Replace diet soda with pure, filtered water and replenish that which is missing with….
BODY BIOTICS TM Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics ConsortiaTM

Healthiest wishes,
Kelli

 

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