For decades, I have argued with doctors and dieticians about the toxicity of artificial sweeteners. Most of them take the word of industry-sponsored researchers instead of digging for the truth themselves. The bitter truth is that, being pesticide derivatives for the most part, artificial sweeteners are toxic to the gut flora and to the cell membrane of all living cells. These are the main reasons why these chemicals cause INSULIN RESISTANCE, which is the beginning of metabolic problems, the most common being weight gain.
Artificial sweeteners may not lead to weight loss, research finds
On its website, ABC News (7/17, McCarthy) reports that investigators “looked at the long-term heart health, weight, stroke incidence and blood pressure levels of more than 406,000 people who said they use artificial sweeteners in place of sugar and found that the effects weren’t on the positive side.”
STAT (7/17) reports the researchers found that “in seven randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of scientific studies, people who consumed artificial sweeteners did not lose or gain more weight than controls.” STAT adds, “Meanwhile, a re-analysis of the 30 longitudinal studies found that people who consumed low-calorie sweeteners on a regular basis were more susceptible to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues…over time.”
Prebiotics and Synbiotics: Dietary Strategies for Improving Gut Health
J. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2016;32(2):110-119
Introduced over a century ago, artificial sweeteners were designed to enhance taste without the effects of caloric intake, theoretically benefiting health by weight reduction and enhanced glycemic control. These agents are commonly used in a broad array of foods, beverages, and candy designed for diabetics and those actively dieting. However, recent information shows that these formulations drive the development of glucose intolerance through induction of compositional and functional alterations to the intestinal microbiota, which in fact promote glucose intolerance. These agents may therefore have directly contributed to enhancing the very obesity epidemic they were intended to combat.
Low calorie sweeteners allow more glucose into fat cells
J. Fam Practice News 2017, May 15th p2. Annual Mtg Endocrine Society