Tag Archives: artificial sweeteners

Sweeteners Won’t Help Weight Loss

If you think that substituting sugar for a calorie-free sweetener will help you lose weight and get healthier, reconsider.

No-Cal Sweeteners & Weight Loss
No-Cal Sweeteners Does not Aid Weight Loss
Photo by True Vision Weight Loss

Years of research only provide minimal evidence that no-cal sweeteners actually have benefits, according to German researchers who analyzed data from 56 studies.

The researchers looked at health outcomes such as heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, blood sugar and weight.

“Most health outcomes did not seem to have differences between the non-sugar sweetener exposed and unexposed groups,” concluded the team led by Joerg Meerpohl of the University of Freiburg.

I used to believe that using artificial sweeteners versus regular sugar would make a difference in health because they did not have calories. Now, I do realize that much of the research that has be done does not show a huge significance in health benefits or weight loss. I also believe that just by eliminating sugar from your diet will not help you lose weight.

There is also no evidence of any effect of non-sugar sweeteners on obese or overweight adults or children who were trying to lose weight.

One nutritionist in the U.S. was not surprised by the findings.

“No matter how they are marketed, [non-sugar sweeteners] are still chemicals or a sugar modified from its natural form to serve a functional purpose for flavor,” said registered dietitian Sharon Zarabi.

“There is no health benefit to flavor. Flavor merely enhances a food or beverage to increase consumption,” said Zarabi, who directs the bariatric program at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

There was one group who represented the sugar-free sweetener makers that challenged the findings.

“Despite the authors’ claims to the contrary, the highest quality scientific evidence shows that the consumption of low- and no-calorie sweeteners results in reductions in body weight, does not lead to weight gain and does not cause cravings,” the Calorie Control Council said in a statement.

I will not just rule out that no-cal sweeteners do not have some sort of health benefits at all. I believe more research needs to be done to see if these sugar alternatives are really a good choice for your health and weight loss. God bless.

Source: Calorie Control Council, statement, Jan. 2, 2019;  Sharon Zarabi, R.D., director, bariatric program,  Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Jan. 2, 2019,BMJ, online

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor

Belly Fat Increased by Diet Sodas

Do you love diet sodas but still want to lose belly fat? If so, drinking diet sodas may not be a good idea according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Researchers discovered that people who drank diet soda gained nearly 3 times the belly fat over 9 years as those who did not consume diet soda (J AM Geriatr Soc 2015).

Diet Soda Linked to Belly Fat

According to the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, people who drank diet soda gained about 3 times the belly fat over 9 years. ClipArt Photo

In the study, 749 individuals ages 65 and older were asked, every few years, how many cans of soda they consumed a day, and how many of those sodas were diet or regular.

The results were very predictive of abdominal-fat gain, even after the researchers adjusted for factors like smoking, levels of physical activity and diabetes. Individuals who did not drink diet soda gained approximately 0.8 in. around the waistline over the study period, but the ones who consumed diet soda every day gained 3.2 in. The people who fell between – occasional drinkers of diet soda – gained nearly 1.8 in.

This is quite shocking news to me because I always believed that diet sodas were a healthy choice for weight loss but now research shows it increases belly fat over time for women over 40 and 65. Visceral fat – the fat that surrounds the abdominal organs- is associated with increased cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and inflammation which make this kind of fat the most dangerous. These findings, which authors refer to as “striking,” add to the rising body of evidence that no- and low-calorie sweeteners may contain some health concerns.

“Regular sugar has caloric consequences,” says the study’s senior author Dr. Helen Hazuda, professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. And one of those is that it triggers satiety – a sense of fullness or satisfaction. “Your body is use to knowing that a sweet taste means you are ingesting energy in the form of calories that, if you don’t burn them off, is going to convert to fat,” she says. Artificial sweeteners, however, confuse our bodies and weaken the link in our brains between sweetness and calories. That, Hazuda says, can lead to weight gain and cravings for sweeter and sweeter treats.

On the other hand, the Caloric Control Council, an association that represents the reduced-caloric food and beverage industry- disagreed with the study’s finding. “The use of low-calorie sweeteners in fat loss have been shown to have benefits,” the group mentioned.

Researchers found that the belly-fat gain was most common in people who were already overweight. Hazuda says when people think they’re doing something good by drinking artificially sweetened drinks, it’s “actually totally counterproductive.” For the most part, if you are seeking to lose belly fat, it would be a wise idea to reduce those diet sodas and choose a healthier diet choice such as natural fruit juice or water for fat loss.

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Hazuda, H. William, K. Fowler, S. “Diet Soda Intake is Associated with Long-Term Increases in Waist Circumference in a Biethnic Cohort of Older Adults: The San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging” 17 March 2015 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society