Can the ‘Diet’ Drinks They’re Making You Fat!

Posted on March 2, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

sweeteners“TO LOSE weight, bin the diet cola. That’s the message from studies showing rats got fatter on diets containing artificial sweeteners than on those with sugar.

Susan Swithers and Terry Davidson at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, gave rats set amounts of yogurt sweetened with either sucrose or saccharin, plus an unrestricted supply of ordinary rat food and water. Five weeks later, the saccharin-fed rats had eaten more food, gained more weight and put on more body fat than the others.

There’s something about diet foods that changes your metabolic limit, your brain chemistry,” said ABC News’ medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard. Though Savard said more research needs to be done to uncover more information, the study does hint at the idea that the sweeteners alter a person’s metabolism.

Savard said another recent study, which included more than 18,000 people, found healthy adults who consumed at least one diet drink a day could increase their chance for weight gain.

Because so many foods today contain artificial sweeteners, the study results may go beyond diet drinks.

“The truth is, we’re putting artificial sweetener in so many different things in water, in yogurt,” Savard said. It’s unclear if the results only adhere to diet sodas, she said.

“We have to rethink what this artificial stuff does to us. If we put this in water it might not be so good,” she added.”

(Behavioural Neuroscience)

I have long held the belief that artificial sweeteners in all their forms are bad for you and finally here’s the proof. Well at least the beginning, there has been lots of anecdotal evidence for years about artificial sweetener and I am glad that science is finally catching up. Not only does much of the anecdotal evidence point towards sweeteners making you fatter, it also points toward speeding you towards diabetes, giving you migraines, neurological damage and even heart arrhythmias.

At least we know sugar doesn’t do that. Here’s a thought, perhaps it might be a good idea to retrain our taste buds to like wholesome foods again and cut down on the sweet foods. Check out my recommended lifestyle eating plan in my eBook: “A Rainbow On My Plate” on the website in the sidebar to your right.

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Missing Link Between Belly Fat and Heart Disease

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , |

cad_w300_h3141.jpgCarrying extra weight around your midsection is known to increase your risk of heart attacks, and a new study by University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center researchers may have figured out why this is so.

They discovered a link between belly fat, also known as visceral fat, inflammation and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).

The discovery came while the team was studying obese mice that lack leptin, a hormone that plays a role in appetite and metabolism. When they transplanted fat cells from normal mice into the leptin-deficient mice, the fat transplants prevented obesity and produced leptin.

The fat transplants also became inflamed, and the researchers set out to discover what was causing the inflammation, and whether it was linked to atherosclerosis.

They then divided mice that had been developed to be high in cholesterol and have hardened arteries into three groups: two that received fat transplants from normal mice, and one control group.

Some of the mice received visceral fat transplants, while others received subcutaneous fat (the type found just under the skin).

The mice that received the visceral fat developed atherosclerosis at an accelerated rate, and had inflammation similar to that found in the leptin-deficient mice. Those that received subcutaneous fat had increased inflammation, but not atherosclerosis, while the control group had neither inflammation nor increased atherosclerosis.

The results suggest a strong link between belly fat, inflammation and hardening of the arteries.

The researchers found that treating the mice with pioglitazone, a diabetes drug, was able to calm the inflammation and stop the atherosclerosis.

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