Professor Soraya Shirazi-Beechey of Liverpool University says: ‘If someone wants to lose weight, I don’t think artificial sweeteners are going to help. My recommendation is to eat natural foods, but to eat less of them.’
It’s sound advice, and something I say all the time. Aristotle was right, moderation is the key to most things in life, including health.
Check out this Sept. 4 article in MailOnline reporting on the research. The professor says ‘Artificial sweeteners can also activate the glucose sensor and increase the capacity of the intestine to absorb more sugar.”
The article says that ” artificial sweeteners behave in a similar way to sugar, by activating sensors in the gut which are key to the absorption of glucose.As a result, the body processes extra sugar – and all the calories that go with it. For the dieter, it means little or no weight loss. Over time, it could even lead to extra pounds being put on.”
For my part, I use Splenda and I use sugar as well, in about equal parts. A former waist training student brought some evidence of detrimental results of eating Splenda to my attention a year ago. I considered the one or two articles but decided to continue using Splenda on occasion. It’s a matter you will have to decide for yourself, but I’d like your thoughts.