The Hazards of Artificial Sweeteners

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In today’s society, many individuals seem to have a sweet tooth, but when it comes to choosing between the sweetness they crave versus the calories they wish to decrease in their diets, many individuals will opt for sugary sweet artificial sweeteners that have little to no calories. However, are these sugar substitutes really good for you?

If you look at the ingredients of these artificial sweeteners you’ll find chemical names such as aspartame, saccharine, neotame, acesulfame potassium, l-phenylalanine, dihydrochalocones, and sucralose. If you were an informed individual you might conclude that the reason these sugar substitutes are zero calories, is because our bodies don’t know how to digest them. While the idea of having a zero calorie sweetener is appealing to many, the fact that these substances cannot be digested by our bodies should give you some pause.

Think of our bodies as the eco-system they are. Typically when a foreign entity enters our body, our immune system will kick into gear and combat it and expel it from our bodies. Our bodies are also extremely resilient, and can be trained to deal with or compensate various environments, and handicaps. What do you think our bodies do when we give them a sugar substitute that it doesn’t know how to digest?

Artificial sweeteners are sweeter than there sugar counterpart, for example sucralose is 600 times sweeter than regular sugar. Many people don’t realize that our bodies produce insulin at the mere thought of eating something sweet. When you eat something sweet that has no sugar in it or has a sugar substitute instead, our bodies will produce initially produce insulin due to the presence of sweetness. When no sugar is found for the insulin to digest our bodies must get rid of the insulin created the only way it knows how – by encouraging you to eat more. Therefore the zero calorie notion of these artificial sugars is a fallacy since they actually encourage you to consume more food in the long run.

In addition, if we continue to consume artificial sweeteners, our bodies will eventually stop producing insulin (or decrease the amount of insulin) produced when we eat something sweet due to the lack of actual sugar that can be digested. Diabetes is a disease on the rise where individuals have an issue eating sweets because their bodies cannot produce insulin effectively. Many people are unknowingly training their bodies to become diabetic later in their life due to the sugar substitutes they chose to consume today in order to negate a few calories from their diet.

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