Diet drinks may increase weight gain

A recent review of research has found that regular consumption of artificially sweetened drinks may have an opposite effect to the weight loss intended.

In her review, professor of psychology and neuroscience, Susan Swithers found that frequently consuming non-calorific sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin, may negatively affect metabolism; ‘Frequent consumption of high-intensity sweeteners may have the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements’ she said.

Swithers found that consumption may actually increase chances of excessive weight gain, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

‘When it comes to making policy decisions, it’s more important than ever that the science is considered and that the public understands what the science says in order to help them make the best health decisions’ Swithers said.

Alluding to the big business of artificial sweeteners, Swithers said; ‘The concern that these non-caloric sweeteners might not be healthy is a message that many people do not want to hear, especially as the prevalence of artificial sweeteners increases’.

Source: Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism

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