Liquid Sugar 2

After reading the previous blog, you may wonder how artificial sweeteners cause weight gain. The correlation was discovered during an eight-year study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Researcher Sharon Fowler said: “What didn’t surprise us was that total soft drink use was linked to overweight and obesity. What was surprising was when we looked at people only drinking diet soft drinks, their risk of obesity was even higher.” (webmd.com)

The study did not find a direct correlation between diet sodas and obesity, but it’s alarming to note that “Those who drank regular soda were about 32.8% more likely to become obese, but those who drank diet soda were about 54.5% more likely to become obese.”[my emphasis] (wisegeek.com)

Dr. David Katz wrote in O, The Oprah Magazine in January: “Though some studies indicate sugar substitutes help with short-term weight loss, an equal number suggest they don’t. My particular concern is that artificial sweeteners are 200 to 13,000 times as sweet as sugar, and that is a potent stimulus for turning a sweet tooth into a fang. Other research suggests that the taste of sweetness is mildly addictive—the more you eat, the more you need to feel fully satisfied.” (www.oprah.com/health/Can-Diet-Soda-Cause-Weight-Gain)

According to a 2008 Good Morning America On Call story, a Purdue University study found that rats given saccharin-sweetened food gained more weight than rats given sugary food. ABC News’ medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard commented: “There’s something about diet foods that changes your metabolic limit, your brain chemistry.” The report also said “rats on artificial sweeteners appeared to experience a physiological connection between sweet tastes and calories, which drove them to overeat.” (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=4271246&page=1)

At the risk of sounding Twilightish, I caution you to beware of sweet fangs this holiday season! Becky

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