Artificial sweeteners don't make you lose weight

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Elia Tabuenca García
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Australian research confirms: using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar with the belief that you are cutting calories may actually make it harder to lose weight.

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Artificial sweeteners: who said they make you lose weight? They raise blood sugar and may increase the risk of diabetes, and now Australian research confirms another downside: using artificial sweeteners in place of sugar with the belief to reduce calories can actually make it harder to lose weight.





This is supported by a research from the University of Sydney according to which, by taking an artificial sweetener, ours brain is fooled it tastes without calories and fails to associate the flavor of the food with the nutritional content. And this is how, instead of losing weight, our line goes haywire

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The study published in Cell Metabolism describes the effect of sucralose consumption on certain food choices and explains the neurological mechanisms underlying this phenomenon.

Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin and sucralose have the characteristic of giving food a particularly sweet flavor, so using them is thought to reduce body weight. In fact, the researchers have now found that using sweeteners regularly increases caloric intake by a third and the reason would lie in the activation of a neurological circuit that integrates the sweet taste with the energy balance of the organism. When this balance is not there due to the consumption of the low calorie sweetener, these neurons behave as if the body were fasting, so there is a need to take in more food, because it is as if the right amount has not been taken. of energy.

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“When the correspondence between the sweetness of the food and its energy content is lacking, the brain recalibrates the feeling of hunger and pushes us to consume more calories,” explains Gregory Neely of the University of Sydney, one of the authors of the study.

If only the weight were the only problem ... it is now well known that artificial sweeteners are not exactly the best for our health. Better to opt for natural solutions, such as cane sugar, honey, lo glucose or fructose syrup or the stevia rebaudiana.



Germana Carillo

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