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July 21, 2022 • Diabetes

Are Sugar Substitutes Healthy?

Or can they lead to weight gain, type II diabetes, and inflammation?

Are sugar substitutes healthy?

Today I want to share a word of caution for Sugar Substitutes: We are consuming record amounts of sugar substitutes, yet rates of obesity continue to mount. 

There is little to no evidence that sugar substitutes help us with weight control over time. In fact, a growing body of literature points to the contrary! 

A slew of studies have linked regular use of sugar substitutes over the long haul with weight gain, especially in the belly.

Science Say Skip the Sugar Substitutes

In one study there was a 500% increase in belly fat over a decade in those who consumed non-caloric beverages like diet soda that contain them. And as I look around, I am amazed at how often I see people guzzling these beverages. I consider them to be a science experiment in a can! (In fact, I say ditch sugary beverages altogether!)

Scientists have conducted many studies looking to elucidate how these fake, non-caloric sweeteners may lead to weight gain, and they have uncovered as many potential mechanisms, from increasing our desire for sweets to revving up the activity of fat-storage genes.

Point is: DO NOT rely on sugar substitutes to help you with weight control or weight loss.

At a minimum, they exploit your taste buds firmly entrenched love for sweet tastes, setting the bar for what is perceived as sweet way up in the stratosphere!

Even more alarming, there have been several recent studies showing that use of sugar substitutes quickly interferes with a healthy gut microbiome, fostering the growth of bad gut bacteria linked to:

  • weight gain
  • type 2 diabetes, and
  • inflammation

Bottom line: stay away from sugar substitutes!

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