Antinutrient #4: Artificial Sweeteners

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Antinutrient #4: Artificial Sweeteners

The good news?

The per capita consumption of regular soda has begun to drop by half a gallon each year.

We’re still at a staggering 35 gallons a year, from an all-time high of almost 40 gallons in 1998.

The bad news?

We’re replacing it with diet soda – climbing steadily at almost half a gallon a year.

The irony is artificial sweeteners may put us in even greater metabolic danger than sugar or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

A huge study of 9500 people over 9 years found eating meat and fried foods and drinking diet soda were the 3 most prominent risk factors of whether people developed metabolic syndrome.

Compared with people who drank none, those who drank just 1 can of diet soda a day had a 34% greater incidence of metabolic syndrome.

How is this possible?

Don’t diet sodas take away the sugar?

Studies on animals give us a clue to what’s happening here.

Researchers at Purdue University found when animals were fed yogurt with saccharin they later consumed more calories, gained more weight, and put on more body fat than animals fed yogurt sweetened with glucose, a natural sugar with the same number of calories – 15 per teaspoon – as table sugar.

Just as we can have mental and emotional associations with certain tastes, our bodies have caloric associations with sweet tastes.

Normally, when we eat sugar, our body registers sweetness and comes to understand very sweet things mean lots of calories.

However, when we repeatedly drink diet soda, this understanding breaks down – your appetite says, “Here’s the sweetness, but there aren’t many calories – so I must need to eat lots of sweet things to get my needed calories.”

The next time you’re given something sweet to eat, your body doesn’t recognize how many calories it holds, so you overeat.

And then, in contrast to those people who ate sugar to begin with, you don’t make up for those excess calories by eating less at later meals.

The next part is even scarier.

The Purdue study also found as the animals continued to eat artificial sweeteners, their metabolism started to “forget” that most sweet things do have a lot of calories.


So there’s a good chance when you finally break down and have that chocolate-glazed doughnut, your body thinks, “No big deal,” and doesn’t bother burning up the calories because sweetness doesn’t mean anything.

One more explanation why artificial sweeteners make us fat might be that aspartame (NutraSweet) is an excitotoxin, a chemical that may cause permanent damage to our brain’s appetite center (we’ll talk more about this in a later post).

And the earlier these neural changes begin, the worse it is.

A study at the University of Alberta, Canada, found baby rats who ate more diet foods in their childhood had a greater chance of becoming obese later in life.

Researchers called it “taste-conditioning process” – we might call it “diet soda backlash.”

Just because HFCS is evil doesn’t necessarily mean other sugars are good.

We still have way too much of the non-corn variety in our diets as well.

The average American eats more than 30 teaspoons of sugar a day – that’s more than 114 pounds of sugar a year!

Sugar is everywhere so be sure to eat it in extreme moderation.

The World Health Organization recommends no more than 12-15 teaspoons a day, or 48-60 grams.

I prefer you keep it as low as possible.

Check out sugar in its many aliases below:

Beet sugar

Brown sugar

Corn sweetener

Corn syrup


Evaporated cane juice


Fruit juice concentrates



Grape sugar

High-fructose corn syrup


Invert corn syrup

Invert sugar




Malt syrup

Maple syrup


Raw sugar

Rice syrup




Hormone HomeworkAs a recovering Diet Coke addict who would ingest Splenda by the boatloads, I feel a bit hypocritical to say “Don’t eat any artificial sweeteners.”

This is really a case of “Please do as I say, not as I have done.”

More in the next post!

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