Healthy Eating Myth 2: Sugar-Free Foods and Drinks Help You Lose Weight
Then! You can’t win!
First, you will learn that sugars and refined carbohydrates can be a reason for your excess body fat. Now I tell you that sugar-free products are also a no-no?
How can that be when the food industry has told us for years that diet sodas, sugar-free drinks, and low-calorie drinks are the solution to healthy weight loss? The shelves are full of these products!
Simply, the evidence now is to the contrary. Recent research has found that people who regularly drink unsweetened / “diet” beverages are just as likely to be obese as those who consume total sugar alternatives. It seems that when your brain registers the sweet taste of the artificial sweeteners contained in these products, it triggers a biochemical response similar to that required to process natural sugars.
An independent study by researchers from the Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts, showed results indicating that diet soda consumption is correlated with an increase in metabolic syndrome. [abnormal response and ineffectiveness of insulin on blood glucose]. Of the 9,000 men and women studied, 4,320 of the subjects had an increased risk of weight gain and elevated blood sugar levels.
Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio reported that not only was total soda use linked to being overweight and obese, but the risk of obesity was even higher in people who only drank bland diets. drinks. In fact, when the researchers took a closer look at their data, they found that nearly all of the obesity risk from sodas came from diet sodas. There was a 41% increased risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soda a person consumes each day.
And then there is the subject of artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are just that – artificial!
They are controversial, non-food products, typically man-made, which offer no nutritional value and which, for quite some time, have been linked to serious diseases. Despite the health problems associated with aspartame, saccharin, and others, there seems to be no respite in how quickly manufacturers can incorporate them into our diets.
A preliminary study by Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami linked daily diet soda consumption to a 61% higher incidence of “vascular events” such as strokes and heart attacks.
Again, it’s really shocking to find that the products that manufacturers claim to be healthy and promote weight loss are actually the opposite, isn’t it? When can we expect honesty and transparency in food advertising?