These artificial sweeteners overstimulate and disrupt the metabolic processes in the body, making them dysfunctional, according to a study presented at the annual 2017 Endocrine Society meeting held in Orlando, Florida. Artificially-sweetened products have been also found addictive. (Related: Artificial sweeteners alter gut bacteria and cause metabolic dysfunction leading to obesity and diabetes.)
Researchers looked at the effect of sucralose, an artificial sweetener, on stem cells collected from human fat tissue. These cells can transform into fat cells, muscle cells, cartilage, or bone depending on their environment. They put the stem cells into Petri dishes with a dose of sucralose of a similar concentration as is found in the blood of people who consume a lot of artificially-sweetened foods and drinks, or about four cans of diet soda every day. Twelve days after the administration of sucralose, the researchers discovered that there was increased expression of genes indicating inflammation and production.
The researchers carried out an investigation of abdominal fat biopsy samples from four obese and four healthy subjects who regularly consumed low-calorie sweeteners. Through this analysis, researchers found that these subjects had increased expression of fat-producing genes. The subjects also exhibited increased sugar transport into their cells in comparison to biopsies from subjects who do not consume artificial sweeteners.
Furthermore, since a lot of artificial sweeteners are much sweeter than actual sugar, these chemicals increase the expression of taste receptors, triggering high blood sugar. In the study, those who consume artificial sweeteners had their expression of taste receptors increase by up to 2.5 times. In addition to promoting fat storage, the artificial sweetener aspartame accounts for 75 percent of all reported negative food reactions, such as headaches, dizziness, vision loss, loss of memory, seizures, fatigue, cancer, and sudden death.
Listed below are artificial sweeteners you need to avoid and in what food can they be found:
If you are really craving something sweet, at the same time, trying to lose weight, opt for foods that naturally sweet. Here are some alternatives:
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