Artificial sweeteners cause weight gain

Artificial sweeteners cause weight gain by disturbing normal neurohormonal mechanisms; worse, they raise the risk of metabolic syndrome by 44%.

Initially there was a universally sigh of relief. We didn't have to pull the sweet tooth after all; we could have our cake and eat it, so to speak. Steadily the pile of evidence of the detrimental effect of sugar grew, adding to what we already knew; it's toxic stuff. But there is luckily a healthy alternative; or is it?

With the advent of artificial sweeteners we could continue to enjoy our cakes, cookies and soft drinks. Alas, this is not so. They cause weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes by around 20 percent just like sugar does.

There simply is no alternative. If we want to live long in the land we simply have to pull the tooth. The ghastly alternative is constant dieting, medication and frequent consultations with doctors. We should neither have our cake, nor eat it regularly with any sort of sweetening. Keep it for high and holy days.

Metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome[1] is cluster of symptoms that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes.

  • High blood pressure
  • Raised blood glucose
  • Body fat especially around the waist
  • Abnormal blood fats

It's long been known that copious amounts of dietary sugar contribute to metabolic syndrome, pain and suffering. Alas, artificial sweeteners do exactly the same though the mechanisms are different. They interfere with our neurohormonal mechanisms; they still cause increased food cravings. We are left constantly hungry; they do not give the satiety that the good fats, protein and fibre provide.

Now the average person enjoying typical grocery store food is having around 80 grams of sugar each and every day; plus artificial sweeteners. Even worse is the large amount of glucose that refined flour contributes to our carbs.

"Americans are having dessert several times a day and don't know it."

- Dr. Alan Greene, pediatrician.


Researchers contributing to Current Opinion in Cardiology describe artificial sweeteners as one of the "ultra-processed foods." They investigated the impact they have on vascular disease[2].

They found that artificial sweeteners do not encourage weight loss. Quite the contrary there is evidence showing added pounds from the negative effect they have on satiety.

In addition they increase the risk of type-2 diabetes by around 20%.

Why does this happen?

Dr Gómez-Delgado, internal medicine specialist says their research found there were three reasons why artificial sweeteners cause an increase in weight and a raised risk of metabolic syndrome.

  1. Satiety, the feeling of fullness is delayed.
  2. They induce excessive insulin secretion by the pancreas, increasing blood pressure.
  3. They impact negatively on the friendly bugs in the intestine that have so many important functions.

Dr. Pérez-Martínez, MD, PhD says they are now considering whether artificial sweeteners should be considered as a new cardiovascular risk factor; along with smoking, obesity and hypertension.

They are now looking at legislation to regulate the consumption of artificial sweeteners; currently they are not labelled with clear and simple information about how they impact on our wellness.

They stress there the importance of natural whole foods and more exercise; they do not cause weight gain.

In short there is currently simply no alternative to pulling the sweet tooth. Whether it's sugar or an artificial sweetener they increase the likelihood of blood pressure and diabetes medication.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day. These Spanish medical specialists would add to that zero consumption of artificial sweeteners.

"Nations grow lazy; they love the bondage of grocery store food, choosing ease over the strenuous liberty of locating or growing whole, natural fruits, grains and vegetables."

- with apologies to John Milton.

Is honey an alternative?

Honey runny vs crytallisedNatural unprocessed honeys have a low GI

There is nothing simple about nutrition. Our bodies view all foods differently depending on how they have been processed.

  • The sugar in an apple has a completely different effect to high fructose corn syrup.
  • Chewing on a stick of sugar cane is actually beneficial to the teeth.
  • 100% whole grains like corn on the cob are quite different to highly refined grits.

And the same applies to honey. Researchers in Germany after testing the products from 8 different nectars[3] concluded that once processed by commercial bottlers they have an extremely high glycemic index; worse than sugar.

However honey from small beekeepers that is neither heated in any way, nor filtered of the pollen actually, with one exception, has a low GI; in fact it helps reduce the fasting blood glucose of diabetics[4].

Combined effect of sweeteners

It has long been established that negative factors are additive and cumulative. The smoker who is also obese has a very poor outlook when it comes to the chronic degenerative diseases like diabetes and stroke.

In addition the many ultra-processed foods found in the grocery store today are loaded with sweeteners of one sort or another, refined flour and various unhealthy fats. Hot cross buns enjoyed once a year at Easter are probably fine; eaten regularly they are a disaster.

The linoleic acid in soybean and sunflower oil is highly inflammatory. Added to pastries along with artificial sweeteners one has a certain cause of weight gain. The scientists are still arguing about saturated fats but certainly they too should only be enjoyed in moderation.

There is general agreement about the trans fats in margarine; avoid them along with artificial sweeteners that cause weight gain.

Stone-ground-cheesy-gritsStone ground cheesy grits

Artificial sweeteners cause weight gain

Artificial sweeteners cause weight gain due to loss of satiety.


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