Aspartame, Splenda and other sweeteners: these faux-sugars found in thousands of products are not really what they claim to be, according to a recent study. The researchers found that contrary to their claims, sweeteners would promote weight gain and fat accumulation.
One in three Americans consume aspartame-based products at least once a week.
The key argument of these products: limit sugar intake, and therefore weight gain. But nothing in the scientific literature seems to confirm this statement. It’s the opposite.
Unlike the promises on the labels of the packages that contain them, sweeteners do not help to lose weight. It would be the opposite, according to a recent study published by Obesity Facts and a review of 37 studies of the scientific literature published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal: in the long term, sweeteners actually promote weight gain. The longer the consumption lasts, the stronger the link.
A purely marketing argument
Brands that market this kind of drinks and products play on a scientifically proven fact: sugar makes you fat. By offering sugar-reduced sodas, they induce the consumer to think that it is necessarily good for his or her health.
Because a proposition is true does not mean that its inverse is also true. Indeed, sugar is replaced by sweeteners: aspartame, sucralose, or others, and the consumption of “light products” is ultimately more important.
A desire for more sugar
Another hypothesis put forward by researchers is that sweeteners increase the feeling of hunger. The consumer would therefore crave more sugar or fat by consuming “light” drinks.
The microbiota, or the intestinal flora, would also be disturbed by these sodas. Consequence: Diabetes would be favored and would appear more easily than with normal sugar consumption.
And the deleterious effects of sweeteners do not stop there. The review of the literature also highlights a link with metabolic disorders. For each daily portion, the relative risk of diabetes increases by 3%.