Do artificial sweeteners really help get rid of obesity?


These artificial sweeteners are chemicals that are almost or completely free of calories, and give a sweet taste to drinks, similar to what happens when sugar is dissolved.

According to the American “New York Times” newspaper, researchers confirm the positive effect of these sweeteners in losing weight, because they do not contain calories or contain a small percentage of them, other than sugar.

But health experts recommend not to increase the number of these artificial sweeteners, and warn against persisting in consuming them for long periods.

Marta Yanina Pepino, associate professor in the Department of Food Science at the University of Illinois, says that the absence of calories in these sweeteners does not mean that they do not have any effect on the metabolism process, or what is known as “metapolism.”

She explained that the available health data show that these sweeteners have an effect on the metabolism or “metabolism”. She said that this interaction depends on the number of times the local substance was consumed.

She indicated that the effect of artificial sweeteners on the metabolism varies from another person, amid a marked increase in the demand for drinks that do not contain sugar in the United States.

Obesity researcher and professor at the University of California, Robert Lusting, says that these sweeteners damage the metabolism or metabolism because they trick the body.

The American scientist explained that these sweet flavors send signals to the brain and digestive system so that it is in a state of alert and alert for what will flow of sugar. And when these expected calories do not reach, damage may be caused to the insulin hormone, which plays an important role in the human body.

In a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital studied the shift that occurred in people who switched from consuming regular soft drinks to drinking water or beverages containing artificial sweeteners.

The researchers recruited a sample of 203 adults who consumed at least one sweet drink per day, but only some of them were overweight.

These were divided into three groups: One group consumed drinks made with artificial sweeteners, such as diet soft drinks.

As for the second group, they consumed ordinary soft drinks, meaning unsweetened and sparkling water, while the third group continued to consume regular soft drinks with a high sugar content.

When the researchers studied the results of participants who had a high level of obesity in the abdominal area, they noticed a striking change.

The study found that the participants who were obese and accumulated fat in the abdominal area, gained less weight when they switched from sugar to artificial sweeteners, which means that they benefited from these alternatives.

The results showed that those who consumed artificially sweetened soft drinks increased their weight by half a kilogram on average, while drinking water managed to lose this amount.

The worst performers of all were sugar-sweetened sodas because they weighed five kilograms on average.

Controversy has been raging about these artificial sweeteners for decades, and it has also been rumored that they increase the risk of cancer, but the American Cancer Society refuted these allegations in 2016 and said that they do not have a solid scientific basis.


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