Why you should stop using artificial sweeteners

By: Women's Care Florida Staff

The facts are in: artificial sweeteners lead to weight gain — not loss — researchers say. Experts at Women’s Care Florida receive a lot of questions about women’s health and women’s nutrition. We advise our patients to incorporate natural foods into their diet, and to steer clear of processed ingredients and added sugar. That includes artificial sweeteners, which although advertised as healthy alternatives to sugar, actually are not.

An analysis of studies in the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at the long-term health effects of more than 400,000 people who substituted artificial sweeteners for sugar. The results were not positive.

Researchers found that nonnutritive sweeteners were linked to modest long term weight gain, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension with regular consumption. These sweeteners trigger the same part of the brain that tells you to eat more sugary foods.

If you’re looking to lose weight, then don’t rely on sugar substitutes or alternatives. Instead, we tell our patients to work on lowering their daily intake of sugar. According to the American Heart Association, women should consume no more than 25 grams a day or 6 teaspoons of sugar.

“The average American eats 82 grams of sugar a day. Sometimes it feels like it’s hard to avoid,” Dr. Jeffrey Puretz at  Women’s Care Florida said. “We have personalized weight loss programs that can help women get on a healthier path — one with less sugar and sugar alternatives.”

To learn more about our weight loss programs at Women’s Care Florida, click here.