Are you addicted to those tempting and freshening sweetened drinks like soda, cola, etc.? Do you think that eating the so-called diet foods can help you gain more weight? Do you know regular intake of such artificial sweeteners can significantly contribute to the higher risks of obesity and diabetes? Well, a new international study, published in the journal Current Biology has revealed that the so-called diet foods and artificial sweeteners can trigger weight and put you at higher risk of diabetes.
Aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, the alternative sugar alternatives go by several names. However what makes them all common is their almost irresistible promise to come without calories, no weight gain risks and so on. But the reality is something else! A new study, conducted by a team of researchers from the Yale University in the US has claimed that regular intake of sweetened drinks and diet foods can put one at an increased risk of diabetes as their pull out an uncontrolled quantity of sugar in the blood. Moreover, the so-called artificial taste of the sweeteners like soda and cola make the body’s metabolism fool and force them to believe that the body is consuming more calories instead of fats.
In natural process, sweetness hints the metabolism about the presence of energy and its greatness echoes the quantity of energy present in the body. But the artificial sweeteners hoodwink the body and help it storing more fat than usual. As claimed by the researchers from Yale University, when a beverage becomes either too sugary or not saccharine enough for the quantity of calories it holds, the metabolic of the body reports and the signal that transmits the nutritional value to the brain are interrupted. In other words, the consumption of more calories via artificially sweetened drinks can trigger greater metabolic, and brain response can go wrong, paving paths for obesity and diabetes. The modern food ecology is characterized by the energy sources that human bodies have never witnessed before and this lifts up the risk of obesity and diabetes, said Dana Small, the lead author of the study and a professor at Yale University.
Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFPPeer
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