Artificial sweeteners make you fatter!
People who suffer excessive weight problem do lots of things to solve it. One of possible options is eating foods with artificial sugar. However, scientists have recently come to a conclusion that artificial sugar doesn’t do anything to help losing pounds. Furthermore it can as well add a few ones.
The fact is that our bodies are unable to distinguish between the calorie-free sugar substitutes widely used in the food industry and the real thing. Artificial sweeteners behave in a similar way to sugar, by activating sensors in the gut which are key to the absorption of glucose.
In the result, the body processes extra sugar – and of course all the calories that go with it. For a person who is on a diet this means little or no weight loss. And over time, this might even lead to extra pounds being put on.
Researcher Soraya Shirazi-Beechey said:
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.’
The Liverpool University professor studied the processes in the small intestine which absorbs sugar or glucose from food into the bloodstream. Specific cells were discovered which detect sugar and release hormones important for its passage through the lining of the gut and into the blood, where it is either burned off or is converted into fat. As it turned out the cells react to both natural and artificial sugar and release the hormones.
Prof Shirazi-Beechey said:
Artificial sweeteners can also activate the glucose sensor and increase the capacity of the intestine to absorb more sugar.
‘You drink diet cola to stay slim but the reverse is true, because the artificial sweeteners can activate the sensor, so you are taking more glucose from your diet.’
The professor says that special drugs are necessary to be developed which could control the sugar sensor cells. If those to be invented then such diseases as obesity and diabetes could be cured.
Well, my opinion is that natural sugar is anyway more wholesome than artificial. The matter is that one should control his intake of this sugar to prevent gaining weight. Tell me what you think about this research.
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