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Diet Foods May Lead to Weight Gain

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, February 11, 2008 11:04 AM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family, In The Workplace
Tags: Toxic Substances, FDA and Prescription Drugs

Dieters who use foods with artificial sweetners may actually be setting themselves up for weight gain.


While consumers, eager to lose accumulated pounds, may feel comforted by promises of the billion dollar diet industry and its offerings in a multitude of products, dieters may actually be gaining weight from artificial sweeteners according to a new study.

Purdue University found rats on diets who consumed saccharin actually packed on more pounds than those rats just given sugary foods. The theory is they got the taste of sweet and wanted more leading them to overeat.

And artificial sweeteners may actually disrupt the body's ability to count calories.

With diet soda the brain may be tricked, ABC News medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard says. "The taste buds taste sweet, but there's no calorie load that comes with it. There's a mismatch here. It seems it changes your brain chemistry in some way."

This news rocks the entire concept of the diet food industry and casts doubt on the benefit of low-calorie sweeteners.  

On ABC News, Dr. Savard says, “There’s something about diet foods that changes your metabolic limit, your brain chemistry.”

Savard cites another, larger study of more than 18,000 adults who consumed a diet drink a day and likely were increasing their chance of gaining weight.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, has written Sweet Deception with Kendra Degan about the misconceptions of dieters about all artificial sweeteners, Splenda, aspartame, sucralose and saccharin contribute to a host of serious diseases he says.

“Most people believe that sucralose (Splenda) is a perfectly safe artificial sweetener. Big business and the FDA have fostered that dangerous misconception. The truth is Splenda is by no means safe; and the same is true for many of the other artificial sweeteners being marketed today,” Dr. Mercola says in the book.

The Calorie Control Council, which represents diet food manufacturers, disagrees with the Purdue study and  finds low-calorie sweeteners help weight control.

You are advised to cut down on diet soda consumption and think more about healthy behaviors such as exercise, water and whole foods.

The stevia herb from Paraguay has been found to be a sugar substitute with no side effects.

It is estimated 59 percent of Americans consume diet sodas. Additionally, low calorie sweeteners are added to everything from sports drinks to yogurt while the warning labels for artificial sugar substitutes have become less prominent.  #

1 Comment

Anonymous User
Posted by abby
Monday, February 11, 2008 6:37 PM EST

hey im doing this for my cuurent events article i never knew that diet pepsi and stuff would still make u FAT!!!!

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