Are you a diet cola junkie? Sorry, we come bearing bad news.
Earlier this week, a paper published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism pointed out something that the beverage industry would like you to ignore:
accumulating evidence suggests that frequent consumers of sugar substitutes may be at increased risk of excessive weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Red more…
The paper, written by Dr. Susan Swithers, Department of Psychological Sciences and Ingestive Behavior Research Center, Purdue University, reviews multiple studies from the past years, and shows that just like people who consume sugary drinks, the diet drinkers are at increased risk for disease.
How could this be? There’s no sugar, no calories, and thus no harm in aspartame, sucralose, and others, right?
Apparently, artificial sweeteners mess with human metabolism. When we ingest sugary sweets, out gut is expecting energy to arrive within minutes. When these calories arrive, the body knows how to effectively deal with them. But when we consume artificial sweeteners, the gut is confused. After a while it is trained not to respond, or to partially respond, even when we are ingesting caloric sweeteners. The result is weight gain.
Artificial sweeteners are a kind of cheating. Nature doesn’t like cheating, and our bodies are paying the price of decades of artificial crap in our diets. Perhaps it’s time to clean up?