Does diet soda make you slim? The opposite is the case: Apparently, the person who swapped the soft drink with the low-calorie sweetener for the sugary one hits the food harder with a clear conscience. “According to studies, those who consume a lot of sweeteners tend to be overweight even more than people who eat sugar,” confirms Professor Stephan Martin, director of the West German Diabetes and Health Center in Düsseldorf, in the health magazine “Apotheken Umschau”.
Sweeteners promote fatty liver
Although artificially produced sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin or stevia, which is obtained from the leaves of a plant in a chemical process, have almost no calories, they drive up insulin levels – indirectly. If they are consumed together with carbohydrates, the increased level ensures the build-up of fatty tissue. Studies also indicate that sweeteners change the bacterial mix in the intestine, the so-called microbiome. This has negative consequences for the metabolism and even promotes the development of a fatty liver, which in turn promotes diabetes. The sweeteners are also suspected of causing cancer.
Weaning from sweetness – a couple of weeks will do
It is therefore best to avoid sweeteners altogether. There is good news for those who also want to reduce their sugar consumption in order to wean themselves off the intense sweet taste: A few weeks of withdrawal are enough and you are weaned – whether from sugar or artificial sweeteners.
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