The manufacturers of artificial sweeteners promote the advantages of using their products as part of a weight loss plan, but they fail to also inform you of the dangers of using their products. However, there have been numerous independent studies of artificial sweeteners and most have reached the same conclusions: avoid them at all costs.
While most of the manufactured sweeteners have zero calories, the health problems they can cause just aren’t worth the so-called benefits they provide. Some artificial sweeteners are worse for you than sugar as evidenced by numerous studies. And with real sugar, at least you know what it is made from: sugar cane or sugar beets. That is not the case with artificial sweeteners. For example, saccharin is made from a coal tar derivative.
Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Gain
Do you know that artificial sweeteners actually can cause you to gain weight? Yes, they are supposed to help you lose weight, but that may not be the case. That is what the manufacturers would like you to believe, but just the opposite is true and supported by numerous study results. What generally happens is artificial sweeteners cause a metabolic disruption.
When you eat or drink something made with real sugar, your brain normally secretes the hormone dopamine that signals your stomach when you are full. Without real sugar, dopamine is not released and you don’t get the signal to stop eating. While artificial sweeteners do have less calories than real sugar, they do not have the same effect in the body as real sugar, and lead you to overeat.
Artificial Sweeteners and Heart Disease
Drinking diet soda daily sweetened with aspartame increases your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by 61%. That was the conclusion found in 2011 by a study done by both Columbia University and the University of Miami and presented at the International Stroke Conference.
While the artificial sweetener are not directly responsible for the increased risk, their effect in the body results in an increase of calories through overeating which results in weight gain and Type 2 diabetes which is a major factor leading to a catastrophic heart event.
Artificial Sweeteners and Allergic Reactions
In people allergic to sulfa drugs, ingesting Splenda can cause allergic reactions varying from mild itching to hives, abdominal cramping to diarrhea, and even anaphylactic reactions including shortness of breath, throat closure, a drop in blood pressure and seizures.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or other reactions, try eliminating sucralose and for that matter all artificial sweeteners from your diet and see if your condition improves. If so, you may have identified a source of your allergies.
Using artificial sweeteners is not worth the risk of the health issues they can ultimately cause.