Artificial Sweeteners Cause Greater Weight Gain Than Sugar

Phenylalanine or Phe is an amino acid with the formula C9H11NO2. 3d illustration

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A recent study found that artificial sweeteners (eg; saccharin and aspartame) cause greater weight gain than sugar, and that weight gain is more related to your hormone production than caloric intake!

Research has repeatedly shown that artificial no- or low-calorie sweeteners can stimulate your appetite, increase cravings for carbohydrates, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain!

Real sugar allows your body to accurately determine that it has received enough calories, thereby activating satiety signaling. Without the calories, your appetite is activated by the sweet taste, but as your body keeps waiting for the calories to come, sensations of hunger remain!

Aspartame may also cause weight gain because phenylalanine and aspartic acid – the two amino acids that make up 90 percent of aspartame — are known to rapidly stimulate the release of insulin and leptin; two hormones that are intricately involved with satiety and fat storage. Insulin and leptin are also the primary hormones that regulate your metabolism!

Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 2010

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