Try non-nutritive sweeteners to reduce weight


2016-12-19 05:33

Researchers have found when non-nutritive sweeteners are consumed over time there is a sustained decrease in overall energy intake and it lowers body weight.

The obesity epidemic has been shocking with rates of associated diabetes and other chronic diseases associated with being overweight such as hypertension also rising. In order to better deal with the problem of obesity there has been a focus on the value of non-nutritive sweeteners to replace sugar.

How does the human body respond to natural and artificial non-nutritive sweeteners versus sugar

Springer reports on research to determine the difference in how sugar and sweeteners affect our appetite. Researchers have studied how the human body responds to natural and artificial non-nutritive sweeteners versus sugar.

Will people find themselves with more hunger after drinking calorie-free options?

Questions have arisen dealing with what young men who are healthy who are concerned about watching their weight and managing their blood sugar levels should drink. The big issue has been whether it is alright for them to risk drinking something which is sugary or will they actually find themselves with more hunger after drinking calorie-free options which contain natural or artificial non-nutritive sweeteners.

In a new study which has been published in Springer Nature’s International Journal of Obesity it was concluded it does not seem to matter whether these drinks contain sugar, Stevia, aspartame or monk fruit. Lead author Siew Ling Tey, who is associated with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore, says that these four options even out in the end in regard to overall energy intake and the levels of glucose and insulin found in the blood.

Increasing popularity of natural plant-derived sweetening products

In view of the increasing popularity of natural plant-derived products this is of great interest. There has been a desire to determine whether natural non-nutritive sweeteners are actually healthier than sugar or an artificial sweetener which is non-nutritive. Tey says the findings from this study were surprising. Overall the participants consumed the same amount of energy, or calories, during the course of a single day. They either decreased meal intake after the drinking the sucrose-sweetened drink or ate a great deal more at lunchtime and during the remainder of the day in order to compensate for the three drink options which were low in calories.

When non-nutritive sweeteners are consumed over time there is a sustained decrease in overall energy intake

However in a further study published in the International Journal of Obesity it was observed that when non-nutritive sweeteners are consumed over time there is a sustained decrease in overall energy intake and it lowers body weight. And so it might be wise to consider non-nutritive sweeteners over sugar when there are concerns about body weight. And weight control is an issue which should be of interest to everyone.