More on Artificial Sweetners – Do You Use Them?

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.

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3 responses to “More on Artificial Sweetners – Do You Use Them?

  1. Floralie

    Hi,
    You definitely want to get rid of splenda, it’s neurotoxic. As a replacement you can use xylitol ( a natural sugar derived from birch tree) or stevia (from a plant). When eating little as with tight lacing, there is a very good supplement from a combination of algae (www.bioage.com) which will provide all the nutrients and enzymes the body needs.

  2. Agreed! Splenda and any artificial sweetener under the guise of aspartate or aspartame or anything low calorie which normally contains sugar is to be strictly avoided. Diet drinks can make you fat.

    I wouldn’t be without my stevia that I’ve been using for more than 15 years.

  3. Annabelle

    I use erythritol which is a little more stable than xylitol since xylitol can cause tooth decay and gastric upset. Not to mention erythritol is closest in nature to the naturally occuring sugars in the body and fruits. Its also the lowest in calories among sugar alcohols & most receptive in digestion. You can buy Truvia which is a combination of stevia and erythritol. It’s good for baking too! http://www.bodyecology.com/08/04/18/erythritol_what_you_need_to_know_natural_sugar_substitute.php

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