Home » Healthy Eating Myth 2: Sugar-Free Foods and Drinks Help You Lose Weight
So! You can’t win!
First you learn sugars and refined carbohydrates may be a reason for your excess body fat. Now I tell you sugar-free products are also a no-no?
How can that be when the food industry has told us for years that diet sodas, sugar-free drinks, and low-cal drinks are the solution to healthy weight loss? The shelves are stacked with these products!
Quite simply, the evidence is now to the contrary. Recent research has concluded that people who regularly drink sugar-free / “diet” beverages are just as likely to be obese as those who consume the full-sugar alternatives. It seems that when your brain registers the sweet taste of the artificial sweeteners contained in such products it triggers a biochemical response similar to that required to process natural sugars.
An independent study by researchers with the Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts, showed results which indicate that the consumption of diet soda correlates with increased metabolic syndrome [abnormal response and ineffectiveness of insulin on blood glucose]. Of the 9,000 males and females studied, 4320 of the subjects were at higher risk for weight gain and elevated blood sugar.
Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio reported that not only was total soft drink use linked to overweight and obesity, but that the risk of obesity was even higher in people only drinking diet soft drinks. In fact, when the researchers took a closer look at their data, they found that nearly all the obesity risk from soft drinks came from diet sodas. There was a 41% increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day.
And then there’s the issue of artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are just that – artificial!
They are controversial, non-food products, typically man-made, which offer you no nutritional value, and which, for quite some time, have been linked with serious illnesses. Despite health concerns associated with aspartame, saccharin and others, there seems to be no let-up in how quickly manufacturers can incorporate them into our diets.
One preliminary study by Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami linked daily consumption of diet soda to a 61% higher incidence of “vascular events” such as strokes and heart attacks.
Once again, it’s really shocking to find that products which manufacturers claim to be healthy and promote weight loss are actually quite the opposite isn’t it? When can we expect honesty and transparency in food advertising?