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GAINING WEIGHT WHILE EATING SUGAR SUBSTITUTES?

In the July 2, 2014 Bergen Record Newspaper in North Jersey, Taylor Feuss wrote a great piece about artificial sweeteners and weight gain. She only failed to interview a specialist in nutritional medicine. Regardless, her point was that many people substitute artifical sweeteners for sugar, thinking it will help them shed pounds and they actually gain weight! Why? Because you can't fool your brain.

When you comsume fake sweets, the brain thinks you are getting sugar, and stimulates insulin production in expectation of getting calories for energy and fat storage. When the calories don't arrive, your body is not only unhappy, but the hormones which should be triggering pleasure/reward, called dopamine are not released. Thus not sated, the body now really craves the real deal, and you reach for that chocholate cheese cake. Worse, thinking that you saved calories by cheating your body like that, you can rationalize that you can "afford" the cheesecake calories and you thereby gain weight.

Equal (Aspartame) is 180 times sweeter then sugar, and metabolizes to among other charming things, Formaldehyde; Sweet n Low (Saccharin) is 400 times and Splenda (Sucralose) 800 times sweeter then sugar. This is like crack cocaine. Far better is Stevia, sold under the name Truvia. It's a plant which grows in the Paraguayan amazon and now cultivated in the US, and is not made in a laboratory.