Artificial Sweeteners Tied To Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

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February 19, 2013

Diet Coke and other drinks that say the word “diet” contain the artificial sweetener aspartame.

Diet pop and other artificially sweetened products may cause us to eat and drink even more calories and increase our risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes, researchers are learning.

Former McGill University researcher Dana Small specializes in the neuropsychology of flavour and feeding at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Small said there’s mounting evidence that artificial sweeteners have a couple of problematic effects. Sugar substitutes such as sucralose and aspartame are more intensely sweet than sugar and may rewire taste receptors so less sweet, healthier foods aren’t as enjoyable, shifting preferences to higher calorie, sweeter foods, she said.

Small and some other researchers believe artificial sweeteners interfere with brain chemistry and hormones that regulate appetite and satiety. For millennia, sweet taste signaled the arrival of calories. But that’s no longer the case with artificial sweeteners.

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Editor’s note: Taylor Swift just announced a sponsorship deal with the love of her life, Diet Coke. Infowars.com feels that she should be made aware of the dangers of aspartame – the main sweetener in diet coke which is linked to a plethora of adverse health effects.

This article was posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

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