Doctor Oz, 1/17/2018, says a new study shows that artificial sweeteners can actually increase body fat and slow down metabolism and he brings on Dr. Jennifer Caudle to explain why. Oz says Americans consume an average of 24 pounds of these sweet substitutes in a year. Past shows have revealed that sugar substitutes can be up to 500 times sweeter than sugar. Oz first sounded the alarm about artificial sweetener dangers almost 6 years ago. He pointed out how these substances cause the pancreas to produce insulin for sugar that never arrives. This also causes the brain to crave them more so people get hooked and seem to think they are doing good because they add no calories to food. But they are wrong.
Can Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain Even If They Have No Calories?
Caudle says the most recent study focused on why people are still gaining weight while consuming zero calorie drinks. The new study tested these chemicals on stems cells and found that drinking just 4 diet sodas a day caused a gene based reaction in the body that triggered fat production, fat storage, and even inflammation. In other words, the fat cells started getting fatter.
Can artificial sweeteners slow the metabolism?
Oz says that since these substances are sweet and have no calories, the body can get confused and start processing carbs and other nutrients in an abnormal way. This can slow the metabolism down and contribute to a bigger belly. Oz says we should all try to eliminate the sweeteners from our diets or at least severely cut back.
Oz Approved Sugar Substitutes 2018
Stevia– this is a natural sweetener and Oz says look for green leaf stevia on the label. Good news, many companies are using stevia as a sugar substitute already.
Date Sugar– Oz says this is natural and is full of B vitamins, potassium, iron and fiber so it won’t wreck your diet.
Coconut Palm Sugar– This is loaded with minerals and has the same calorie count as regular sugar so use in moderation.
Honey– With only 64 calories per tablespoon, it also has loads of trace minerals and vitamins.
Maple Syrup– Naturally lower in calories than sugar, it can be used to sweeten almost anything and has the benefit of no artificial side effects.
Blackstrap Molasses– This is loaded with healthy iron, calcium and other trace minerals and can help hold energy bars and other snacks together while keeping them sweet.
Monk Fruit Sweetener– Since it is made from monk fruit, it has a low glycemic index, has zero calories, and also helps stimulate insulin secretion.
Oz ends by saying moderation is the key to anything. People thought that since they were drinking zero calorie sodas that they could have as many as they liked. Moderation is the key to losing weight and keeping it off.
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