Monday, July 30, 2012

Do Diet Drinks Make Us Fat ?

There are many articles circulating that claim that diet drinks make you fat.   Technically, they do not make us gain weight or fat.    They can and do make us hungry and thus we eat more.   Artificial sweeteners are very much like real sugar.     Consumption of both sugar and artificial sweeteners activate signaling to the brain to notify us when we are hungry and when we are satisfied.   If consuming an artificial sweetener such as in a diet soda, we are sending signals that we are hungry by spiking blood sugar levels however, we are not consuming anything to satisfy that hunger – so we eat more.  

Be aware of any artificially sweetened drinks and/or foods and the possible “hunger effect."  Knowing and understanding the impact of sweeteners can help you control and conquer its negative effects. 

Stay tuned………..

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