Weight loss & artificial sweeteners: part 2 – artificial sweeteners help of weight loss

Artificial sweeteners have definite advantage in weight management and control of diabetes because they permit variety and satisfy cravings without the extra calories or the increase in blood sugar and insulin that occurs when eating high sugary foods. Artificial sweeteners offer the individual the sweetness of sugar without calories.  Part 2 discusses the determine and safety of these food additives.

They are anywhere from 20 to 7,000 times sweet than sugar. Each gram of reflect table sugar contains 4 calories vs. zero calories per gram for artificial sweeteners. They have a definite advantage in weight management and control of diabetes because they permit variety and satisfy cravings without the extra calories or the increase in blood sugar and insulin that occurs when eating high sugary foods. In theory, they should be the dream of everyone who needs to limit their weight, yet that has not worked out that way. Questions about the safety and more recently effectiveness keep coming up.

The answer is clear: artificial sweeteners are safe:

Whether its aspartame, sucrolose or Truvia, the medical consensus is that they are very safe products. This is supported by regulatory agencies around the world, who have evaluated these compounds not once, but multiple times, the best research from academic obesity Center, and the consensus of expert medical committees of various scientific organizations. Bill production of cans of diet drinks have been consumed since 1982 when what aspartame approved by the FDA without a proven instance of cancer, nervous system diseases, or visual problem. Anecdotal claims that purport to show otherwise have thus far been overwhelmingly rejected by leading food safety areas as flawed.

Artificial sweeteners help weight loss
Once the consumer accepts the safety of artificial sweeteners, the next question should be whether they are effective. There is no doubt the benefit diabetics achieve with these compounds. It permits them to eat a greater variety of food, especially sweet ones without old ring their blood sugar or adding calories. Making food more palatable certainly leads to better adherence to any food restriction plan-the cornerstone of weight management. Dr Barry Popkin from Purdue univesity reviewed his study and 152 more studies showing weight loss, he writes, “taken together, the evidence by US and other suggests that than the non nutritive sweeteners are used as substitutes for higher yielding energy, they have the potential to aid in weight management.

Here is a summary of the issues raised by critics that believe that consuming artificial sweeteners results in significant weight gain:

Artificial sweeteners cause hunger or significant increased sweet consumption:
There is some evidence that drinking artificially sweetened beverages leads to the desire for more sweet food i.e. sweet leads to more sweet. This behavior has marked variability and for most people it is not very important. It can be minimized when the artificially sweetened beverages are consumed with food. Some research has found that AS can actually increase the release of satiety-producing hormones. There is no credible evidence that AS increase appetite or hunger. There is no proven increase in fat consumption when sugar intake is reduced.
Artificial sweeteners may cause overcompensation in some individuals:
This means that some individuals are influenced to eat more food when they are using artificially sweetened food and drinks-the result is to cancel out the caloric savings. This again is a very individual behavior, and for some people it may be very important and needs to be recognized. Everyone has Lakes people eating a chocolate cake and drinking a diet soda.

Artificially sweetened drinks may be less filling:
There is some evidence that drinking sugar sweetened beverages leads to feeling fuller for longer periods of time. However, any savings are overshadowed by the increase in net calories.

Artificial sweeteners may lead to weight gain, not weight loss: there are a few studies that have shown slight weight gain, rather than weight loss in subjects consuming artificially sweetened beverages. The most important study what from 2008 which reported that artificial sweetened drinks might produce weight gain rather than weight loss. Conducted by Dr Sharon Fowler and colleagues at the University of Texas at San Antonio, this study has been widely quoted and misinterpreted. Here is what what previously reported:

1 Only artificially sweetened beverages were studies, not all the other foods containing artificial sweeteners.

2. The differences in weight gain between those drinking artificially sweetened drinks vs. th