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Why artificial sweeteners are bad

Why artificial sweeteners are bad

Recently, the Yale University School of Medicine did a study on the effects of the consumption of artificial sweeteners. They gave fifteen participants each a diet drink, and performed an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan on their brains afterward.

The results were quite shocking, since their brains were lit up in the same way as when a brain consumed a drink with real sugar. These results proved that the metabolism of the body does not completely depend on the number of calories in the food and drink we consume. Therefore, it brings into consideration the benefits, or lack thereof, of consuming diet and “zero” drinks.

In truth, the metabolic response of the body depends not only on the food, but the individual’s perception of the food. Therefore, if the body reacts to artificial sweeteners similarly to how it reacts to sugar, there is little difference between the two.

In fact, artificial sweeteners can be even more dangerous to the body, since they are designed to fool the brain, and the lack of calories where the body expects them can have dangerous results, such as Type 2 diabetes. This disease is one of the most harmful weight-related conditions, and these are a few additional facts to know about it:

India has one the world’s largest number of Type-2 diabetics, with over 69,000,000 diabetics (second to China with 110,000,000), which may increase to about 87,000,000 in 13 years. However, proportionally, this is only about 9% of India’s population. The United States tops developed countries proportionally with a 10.75% rating, while Tokelau has the highest worldwide proportion at about 30%.

Diabetes can cause symptoms like blindness, kidney failure, stroke, and other similarly-related issues. It can be a genetic issue, and can be induced by obesity or even pregnancy.

People at a high risk for diabetes can still avoid being diagnosed by eating healthily and getting regular exercise, which will help manage weight. Having small meals throughout the day is also helpful in preventing diabetes. Eating a nutritious breakfast can also help with both the prevention of diabetes and the health of people who are already diabetic.

However, things that fool the brain, such as artificial sweeteners, put people at a higher risk of acquiring this disease.

Therefore, no matter what such drinks say about their “zero calorie content”, be sure not to consume them.

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