Josh Bezoni Complaints: Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Weight GAINBy Coach Josh Under Josh Bezoni Complaints: The Obesity Conspiracy Exposed, Nutrition Tips, Weight Loss Tips
In this special article series titled Josh Bezoni Complaints: The Obesity Conspiracy Exposed, I explore one of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from my valued subscribers, “Coach Josh, what are some of your biggest complaints about the weight loss industry?”
Artificial sweeteners like Splenda (sucralose), NutraSweet (aspartame), Sunette (acesulfame K), and Sweet ‘N Low (saccharin) may have serious health consequences and may be causing you to GAIN weight, not lose it.
One University of Texas-San Antonio study linked increased consumption of artificially sweetened diet soda with obesity. (Most diet sodas contain aspartame; a few contain sucralose or other sweeteners.) “On average, for each diet soft drink our participants drank per day, they were 65 percent more likely to become overweight during the next seven to eight years and 41 percent more likely to become obese,” said Sharon Fowler, MPH, faculty associate in the division of clinical epidemiology.
Also, in a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers fed one group of rats a liquid sweetened with real sugar, and then fed another group of rats a liquid mixed with artificial sweeteners. When they offered both groups food, the rats in the artificial sweetener group ate more.
Why? The scientists believe that artificial sweeteners may “short-circuit” the body’s natural ability to sense how much it has eaten. They foil the efforts of our body’s internal calorie counter, so we eat more without realizing it. It could also be that eating and drinking “diet foods” with artificial sweeteners makes us feel entitled to overeat at other times of the day.
Possible weight gain aside, these sweeteners may be harmful.
The Center For Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has aspartame, saccharin, and acesulfame K labeled “Avoid” in their guide to food additives, due to results of research that show a possible risk from these sweeteners. Aspartame (NutraSweet) in particular has been linked to tumors in several Italian studies.
Splenda (sucralose), which originally was marketed as being “made from sugar,” actually contains chlorine atoms. Chlorine is used to kill microorganisms in water in swimming pools, and to a much lesser extent, in public water supplies. And in a recent Duke University study, rats who were fed food containing sucralose for 12 weeks had much less gut flora than normal rats. This means that the sucralose “killed off ” the good bacteria that normally live in the intestines. These good bacteria have a bigimpact on your overall health and belly bulge. So you don’t want to kill them.
Why take chances with your weight and your health? I recommend the new zero- or low-calorie sweeteners like Truvia™, Z-Sweet®, and Sun Crystals™ that are made with natural sources, such as erythritol and stevia. You can find these at most grocery stores. These natural sweeteners can be used instead of sugar packets in your hot beverages, on oatmeal, and even in baked goods to some extent.
Erythritol is an all-natural, zero-calorie sweetener that is fermented from sugars and found naturally in many fruits and vegetables. It has no calories, no glycemic impact, and is only slightly sweeter than real sugar. It is recognized as safe by the FDA.
Other sugar alcohols (such as xylitol or maltitol) frequently are blamed for side effects like gas and diarrhea when people overdo sugar-free treats. However, erythritol is absorbed before it reaches the large intestine, so it does not normally cause these digestive effects. In the U.S., the granular form is marketed under the name Z-Sweet® and found in other natural sweeteners including Sun Crystals™ (which is a mixture of erythritol and raw cane sugar so it’s not zero-calorie) and truvia™ (which contains a mixture of erythritol and stevia).
Stevia rebaudiana is a leaf that first gained popularity in South America as a no-calorie, natural sweetener with a sweetness that is 30-45 times greater than that of table sugar. It’s been used all over the world for years as a safe, natural no-calorie sweetener.
After a long debate (which many people believe was due to the chemical sweetener industry trying to block it), it’s been approved for use in the United States. You can find stevia under the names PureVia™, SweetLeaf™, and mixed with erythritol in Truvia™.
It’s important to remember that you should use all sugar alternatives, even natural ones, sparingly. Let your body learn that it doesn’t need sweets all the time to be satisfied, and you’ll be on the fast track to better health.
To Your Health!
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