Can Some Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain

If you have a problem with blood sugar such as diabetes, or if you are just trying to lose weight in general Splendasweeteners are a great way to help you, in your quest to do so. But now even these are coming into question, as to whether or not they are as beneficial as once thought.

A new study has shed some light that now seems to contradict the theory that they do in fact help you lose weight, Mohamed Abou-Donia who is a professor at Duke University in USA Carolina, has discovered that one particular sweetener namely sucralose, which is marketed under the name splenda, could be having a reverse effect on those people who are trying to lose weight.

The professor fed rats, splenda over a 12 week period to monitor the effect it had on them, and it was found that compared to another group which had no sweetener in their diets, the ones with the sweetener did in actual fact gain weight.

This isn’t the first time that a study has highlighted the fact that sweeteners can in fact cause weight gain, a study which was done earlier this year in February, scientists found that rats given the sweetener saccharin, were found to gain weight compared to those who had sugar in, yogurt instead of the sweetener.

One of the researchers who was involved with the study said that sweeteners tend to confuse our bodies somewhat, our bodies tend to associate sugar with weight gain and calories, but with sweeteners the opposite effect happens, because they are no excess calories our metabolisms tend to slow down.

Which in turn tends to trigger hunger signals, so we eat more food and hence gain weight, despite all the evidence some experts are still sceptical about the results which came from the two studies mentioned above, as to whether or not sweeteners are actually at the root cause of the problem.

A can of cola which has sugar in it contains approximately 150 calories, if you compare that to diet cola it has practically zero calories. Largely due to the fact that the studies were mostly done using rats, the experts tend to say it doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be the same for humans.

To summarise this someone from the British Diabetic Association, says not all weight gain is down to sugar predominantly even though it does cause some of it. If you can wean yourself off the sugary stuff the better it will be for you long-term.

But you have to bear in mind that just because something doesn’t contain an awful lot to sugar, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be calorie free and I think sometimes this is where the mixup comes for a lot of people. As regards sugar calories etc.

If you are trying to wean yourself off sweet foods or sweeteners for that matter if you are concerned that they may be causing you weight gain, then I would suggest eating fruit as a substitute when you find you have the cravings for sweet foods.


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