Artificial Sweeteners Screw with Your Metabolism

I’ve long been leary of artificial sweeteners.  Past studies have shown a correlation between artificial sweeteners and weight gain, but until now no one really knew why a substance with zero calories should make you fat.

 A new study published in Behavioral Neuroscience suggests that artificial sweeteners throw off your body’s metabolic response to sweet tastes.  The hypothesis is as follows:  Your body’s default response to sweetness is to gear up the metabolism to burn off the excess calories you’re taking in.  By consuming artificial sweeteners, you are essentially “crying wolf” and your body stops responding to sweet tastes with the geared-up energy burn.

 Whether the hypothesis is true or not, I stand by my position: stick to real, natural foods and avoid processed and artificial junk.

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~ by nolashaolin on February 28, 2008.

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