Dr. Ann Kulze talks about why she does NOT recommend artificial sweeteners for most people.
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As a nutrition expert I’m firmly on record as an MD who does not recommend artificial sweeteners with exception of diabetic patients and the reason is simple. First of all they’re definitely not healthy. Second, there is a little if any conclusive evidence that they have any validity or any efficacy in helping you lose weight or even helping you maintain your weight but my biggest concern is that I’m afraid they cause you to eat more and I know they exploit your sweet tooth. Here’s the reality although there is no evidence that they have any long term sort of dangerous side effects meaning I’m not considering the position that they lead to things like cancer or Parkinson’s or any sort of brain abnormalities. My concerns again lie with the fact that they exploit your sweet tooth, the main deep bump of appetite is able. How can that happen they don’t have any calories? Important to know that these are explicitly sweet substances depending on which one you do anywhere from 200 to 600 times sweeter than table sugar. And I can assure you if you do them regularly, the bar for what taste sweet to you is going to be set way up there somewhere maybe way up there in the heaven, right? And my concern is that you’re never going to be able to enjoy nature dessert like a juicy, sweet apple or a bowl of berries and have that satisfy your sweet tooth like it should so exploiting your sweet tooth. The other thing is there is emerging data not conclusive but emerging data it’s a very, very interesting data so I said laboratory data showing us that they’re leading to weight games. We have animal studies and we’re seeing that animals that they’re giving artificial sweet and beverages too. There is recently at one that wasn’t giving artificial sweetened yogurt. They actually ate more and gain more weight than those that didn’t get the artificially sweet substances and there are lots of biologically possible reasons scientifically in which artificial sweeteners could indeed do that? So what I recommend is with exception of the diabetic when you feel the need to have something sweet or sweet in your food use a little bit of the real thing because the reality is a little bit of sugar in a context of a healthy balance diet is not going to do anything bad to you. Does Dr. Anne do artificial sweeteners? Are you kidding me? No, I put real sugar in my coffee but again I only have one or two cups a day and I’m not one that worried about that. I will also tell you those diet sodas which are sweetened with artificial sweeteners there is emerging evidence that they have been associated with metabolic syndrome and weight gain and it maybe the fact that’s related to artificial sweeteners we don’t know. So again, unless you’re a diabetic I would stay away from artificial sweeteners and rely on natural sweeteners like sugar or honey is the healthiest and the safest way to do it. Until next time, this is Dr. Anne for ICYou, enjoy health.