Can Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain?

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Artificial sweeteners may cause weight gain?

Thought I would share this article By Dr. LeiLani M. Vidal, D.C.  I work in her wellness center in Poway California.  I love informing people on the truth.  Hope you enjoy the article.

“Individuals who consume a diet high in artificially sweetened drinks are more likely to experience a decline in kidney function”, according to a paper presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting in San Diego, California.

Research conducted by Julie Lin MD, MPH, FASN and Gary Curhan, MD, ScD, FASN of Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined the influence of sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages on kidney function decline in a group of 3,000 women subjects in a Nurses’ Health Study.

This investigation reported “a significant two-fold increased odds, between two or more servings per day of artificially sweetened soda and faster kidney function decline; no relation between sugar-sweetened beverages and kidney function decline was noted.”

The association persisted even after the study authors accounted for age, caloric intake, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cigarette smoking, physical activity, and cardiovascular disease.

It’s interesting to see the amount of patients that come to me with the desire to lose weight and believe that the artificial sweeteners or drinks that contain aspartame won’t affect their diet at all.  In fact, a large majority of them believe and justify an increase intake of these so called “diet drinks” because of the misinformation regarding artificial sweeteners out there.  Most if not all of these patients are shocked to hear that artificial sweeteners can actually contribute to you gaining weight!

As I stated before, a lot of my patients opt for artificial sweeteners over regular sugar not because they taste so good but because they contain “zero calories.”  However, the belief that eating artificially sweetened foods and drinking artificially sweetened beverages will help you to lose weight is a big deception. So if you are still opting for diet choices for this reason, you are being sorely misled.  Here are some facts that you may want to know before consuming the ever popular “diet” drinks:

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In reality, these diet foods and drinks ruin your body’s ability to count calories, thus boosting your inclination to overindulge. Unfortunately, most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as an acceptable alternative to sugar, which is at best confusing and at worst harming the health of those who take their misguided advice.

The research clearly shows that drinking diet sodas may double your risk of obesity and can also stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate craving and stimulate fat storage and weight gain.

So when you add up all the evidence, there is really NO reason to be consuming these dangerous artificial substances.  You may become addicted to artificial sweeteners because you have cravings for sweets and think you are making a healthy choice by swapping out sugar for artificial sweeteners.

For those times when you just want a taste of something sweet, there is a healthier alternative called Stevia that you can use in moderation.

Stevia is a natural plant and, unlike aspartame and other artificial sweeteners that have been cited for dangerous toxicities, it is a safe, natural alternative that’s ideal if you’re watching your weight, or if you’re maintaining your health by avoiding sugar.

It is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar and truly has virtually no calories.

I prefer Stevia as my sweetener of choice, and I frequently use it, as I was a big consumer of artificial sweeteners before I became educated on the dangers of these toxic chemicals.  However, like most choices, especially sweeteners, I recommend using Stevia in moderation, just like sugar. However, in excess it is still far less likely to cause metabolic problems than sugar or any of the artificial sweeteners”.

 

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