Do Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat?

May 19, 2008 03:14 PM
by Rachel Balik
In a recent study, lab rats eating artificially sweetened food gained more weight than rats eating regular sugar.

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The rise in obesity correlates to the rise in consumption of artificial sweeteners, inspiring researchers to investigate whether the relationship is causal. Although a recent study found that lab rats that consumed saccharin did gain more weight than those who did not, a representative for the artificial sweetener industry claims the increase in sweeteners cannot be solely responsible because “portion sizes of foods have also increased, physical activity has decreased and overall calorie intake has increased."

This is not the first study to prove that artificial sweeteners may cause health problems. A study in 2007 demonstrated that they increased consumers’ risk of metabolic syndrome.

Furthermore, researchers and dieticians have insisted for many years that low-fat, low-carb or artificially sweetened foods will hinder rather help weight loss. Naturally healthy, whole foods seem to be a better alternative.

Headline Link: ‘Saccharin may lead to weight gain’

Opinion & Analysis: Study results not conclusive, critics say

Background: The health risks of diet foods

Related Topics: Diet myths


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