Sugar gets such a bad rap these days.
Given that it can cause obesity, it treats your brain in the same way as addictive drugs and consuming it can lead to diabetes, this makes sense.
But replacing sugary goodness with the fake stuff like sucralose-based artificial sweeteners has its own problems.
Here are three of the biggest:
1) Artificial Sweeteners Change Your Bacterial Friends
Eating artificial sweeteners in place of real sugar changes the friendly bacteria you have living in your gut. And why get rid of good friends?
2) Fake Sugar Can Make You Eat More
If you’re trying to lose weight, unfortunately eating sugar substitutes might not work. A study done by researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia found that chronic imbalances in your body can make you gain weight.
If you taste sweet things and but you don’t increase your energy intake, this actually programs your brain to get you to eat more.
Researchers looked at the eating behavior of fruit flies, and found that when the flies consumed artificially sweetened food for more than fives days straight, they actually ate 30% more calories than normal.
It’s almost as if the unreliable indicator of sweet tastes bringing in calories made the flies overcompensate, just to be sure they actually got what they needed. Not win-win.
3) Artificial Sweeteners Could Make You Hyperactive and Unable to Sleep
So, fruit flies and humans are a more than a bit different. But we ARE all living things. And those poor flies that had to drink a bunch of diet soda or whatever it was in the study also showed signs of insomnia and hyperactivity.
Something to take into consideration.
The moral of the story? If you want less sugar in your diet, it’s likely best to keep track of it, and cut down, but not replace.