Many people assume that using artificial sweeteners helps lower their sugar content and decrease caloric intake, which aids in weight control and diabetes prevention. However, studies have reported a correlation between diabetes and the use of artificial sweeteners. New research published in Current Biology has an explanation for this link. When a sweet tasting low calorie food is consumed, the body responds not only to the caloric content, but also to the perception of sweet taste, which causes a mismatch. The study shows that brain gets tricked by the sweet taste and lack of calories, which triggers an incorrect metabolic response. Our bodies are not sure how to process the energy in our new food supply, and this may cause issues with disease states, absorption, and metabolism. This is just another reason to eat organic, natural foods and to stay away from processed foods with chemicals. DG.
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