Many folks believe they’re the better alternative to sugar…
And, indeed, Big Food and Big Pharma suggest they help consumers lose or maintain weight, stabilize blood sugar, and more.
Do you really buy into that?
We’re talking about chemicals here. And they WILL wreak havoc inside your body.
But you don’t just have to take my word for it…
Linked to weight gain
It’s well understood that a high-sugar, high-calorie diet isn’t healthy.
That’s why Big Food has developed different types of artificial sweeteners, categorized as “nutritive”—like high-fructose corn syrup or sugar alcohols—and “non-nutritive”—like sucralose and aspartame.
While these are seen as “healthy alternatives” to sugar, research highlights their detrimental effects on health.
And now, a new scientific review found consumption actually PROMOTES weight gain.
That’s because, when consumed, our neuroendocrine mechanisms related to satiety are abnormally turned ON. This means your brain doesn’t know you’re full until it’s too late, so you likely overindulge.
Ultimately, this wreaks havoc on our metabolic health, too. After all, these chemicals cause too much insulin to be secreted by the pancreas. As a result, researchers have linked consumption to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes—up to 24 percent—and metabolic syndrome—up to 44 percent.
Double check your “healthy” choices
These metabolic changes inevitably lead to gut imbalance, or dysbiosis.
See, our microbiome is comprised of living organisms. So it should come as no surprise that these crafty little bugs can sense chemicals in their environment and change their behavior (by inhibiting digestion).
But these alterations may lead to negative consequences to our cardiometabolic (blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar) and cardiovascular systems.
While the research isn’t clear as to which artificial sweetener is the worst offender, all I know is that I try to avoid chemicals to the best of my ability… so why would I purposely consume ANY of them? I encourage you to try adopting the same approach.
This isn’t to say that sugar is any better…
Many choose to drink a sugar-sweetened beverage to avoid the chemicals, but you aren’t doing yourself any favors by taking that approach either. (If you’re a regular reader, you already know why. But in short, it’s because #sugarkills.)
At the end of the day, whether you’re consuming these chemicals to try to lose weight, manage weight, or simply because you’re diabetic or prediabetic, there are better solutions…
Water, herbal teas, and of course, my favorites—diet and exercise!
These lifestyle habits will beat artificially developed “shortcuts” to better health, every single time.
For a comprehensive plan to better support your metabolic health and prevent diabetes through diet, exercise, and more, check out my Metabolic Repair Protocol.
“Artificial Sweeteners Increase Cardiovascular Risk.” Medscape, 08/22/2023. (medscape.com/viewarticle/artificial-sweeteners-increase-cardiovascular-risk-2023a1000jjg)