Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Artificial Sweeteners May Change the Way Real Sugar is Metabolized

(Reuters Health Summary)

The debate as to whether or not artificial sweeteners are safe or healthy has been ongoing for years, but a new study has found that a combination of artificial sweeteners and real sugar may boost the secretion of hormones that trigger a sense of fullness, and also control blood sugar levels.

The implications of these findings on our health is still unclear, however "in light of the large number of individuals using artificial sweeteners on a daily basis, it appears essential to carefully investigate the associated effects on metabolism and weight," conclude Dr. Rebecca J. Brown and colleagues from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

In the study, it was found that the consumption of artificial sweeteners followed by real sugar may trigger secretion of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which sends a "fullness" signal to the brain, curbing appetite and calorie intake.

Read more about this fascinating finding in the article "Fake sugar may alter how the body handles real sugar" from Reuters Health (Dec. 18, 2009)