Rather than help with weight loss, artificially sweetened diet drinks may cause weight gain, according to a literature review by Qing Yang from the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University.
The results, published in the June 2010 issue of the “Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine,” found that aspartame, acesulfame potassium and saccharin all heightened the motivation to eat more.
Additionally, a sweet taste, from artificial or natural sweeteners, was found to enhance the human appetite. One theory is that artificial sweeteners, such as those in diet drinks, fail to activate the food reward pathways of the brain in the same satisfying way as natural sweeteners.
Increased Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
Daily drinkers of diet soda are 36 percent more likely to develop metabolic syndrome and had an elevated risk of 67 percent for type 2 diabetes in comparison to those who don’t drink it, according to a study authored by Jennifer A. Nettleton of the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of health conditions that puts you at a higher risk for diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
Symptoms include a “spare tire” around the abdomen and a pro-inflammatory state. The results, reported in the April 2009 issue of the medical journal “Diabetes Care,” also found the daily consumption of diet soda significantly increased the risk of developing a large waist circumference.
A Healthy Diet is the Answer
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