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On a diet? Then put away those Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners do nothing to help weight loss and could actually cause us to pile on the pounds. Our bodies are unable to distinguish between the calorie-free sugar substitutes widely used in the food industry and the real thing, research suggests. Artificial sweeteners behave in a similar way to sugar, by activating sensors in the stomach which are key to the absorption of glucose.

As a result, the body processes extra sugar – and all the calories that go with it. For the dieter, it means little or no weight loss. Over time, it could even lead to extra pounds being put on. If someone wants to lose weight, I don’t think artificial sweeteners are going to help. The consensus recommendation is to eat natural foods, but to eat less of them.

The research centered on the study of the processes in the small intestine by which the sugar or glucose from food is absorbed into the bloodstream. Studies indicated and identified specific cells which detect sugar, releasing hormones essential for its passage through the lining of the gut and into the blood, where it is either burned off or is converted into fat.

Crucially, these cells release the hormones when confronted by artificial sweeteners. This primes the gut to absorb real sugar. Artificial sweeteners can also activate the glucose sensor and increase the capacity of the intestine to absorb more sugar.

You drink diet cola to stay slim but the reverse may be true, because the artificial sweeteners can activate the sensor, so you are taking more glucose from your diet. Drugs which control the sugar sensor cells, leading to more or less entering the bloodstream, could help treat diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Bottom line: Do not let yourself fall into a false sense of security that by eating foods with artificial sweeteners will automatically allow you to lose weight.

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