Artificial Sweeteners Side Effects

By: Women's Care Florida Staff

Some years ago, artificial sweeteners became a hit as a healthy alternative to sugar. The grew in popularity as many people could eat sweet foods and drink without worrying about excess calories. However, many dangers of artificial sweeteners exist. Once thought to be a healthy alternative, researches discovered an ironic truth. Artificial sweeteners side effects include long-term weight gain, hypertension, and diabetes to name a few.

Experts at Women’s Care Florida receive a lot of questions about women’s health and women’s nutrition. We advise our patients to incorporate natural foods into their diet. Furthermore, we recommend steering clear of processed ingredients and added sugar. That includes artificial sweeteners, which although advertised as healthy alternatives to sugar, actually are not.

Artificial sweeteners and weight gain

Ironically, researchers found that artificial sweeteners side effects lead to weight gain, not weight loss. An analysis of studies in the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at the long-term health effects of more than 400,000 people who substituted artificial sweeteners for sugar. The results were not positive.

Researchers found that nonnutritive sweeteners linked to modest long term weight gain, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension with regular consumption.

Effects of artificial sweeteners on the body

You might wonder, “How can artificial sweeteners and weight gain be connected? I though sweeteners contain zero calories?” These sweeteners trigger the same part of the brain that tells you to eat more sugary foods. As we continue to eat sweet foods, our brain enjoys it and tells us it wants more. To maintain our health, we shouldn’t always eat sweet foods and avoid the dangers of artificial sweeteners.

A better way to lose weight

If you want to lose weight, then don’t rely on sugar substitutes or alternatives. Instead, we tell our patients to work on lowering their daily intake of sugar. According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. When you do eat sugar, make sure it comes from a healthy source such as fruit.

“The average American eats 82 grams of sugar a day. Sometimes it feels like it’s hard to avoid,” Dr. Jeffrey Puretz at  Women’s Care Florida said. “We have personalized weight loss programs that can help women get on a healthier path — one with less sugar and sugar alternatives.”

Learn more about our weight loss programs at Women’s Care Florida.

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