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How Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Us To Eat More
Health & Fitness
In a study by the University of Sydney, fruit flies were fed either a diet of yeast and sucrose or one with the synthetic sweetener sucralose, used in a variety of low-calorie foods. Flies on the artificial sweetener consumed 30% more calories than those on the real sugar diet.
After seven days on a sucralose diet, mice showed a 50 percent increase in food consumption, partly due to the activity of a neurotransmitter called neuropeptide Y that drives hunger during fasting.
Research published in Nature in 2014 reported that some artificial sweeteners can alter the gut microbe population in both mice and humans to promote calorie absorption. Another recent study found that sucralose ingestion impairs the body’s ability to process regular sugar.
But none of this is to say doctors should start recommending that people give up artificially sweetened food in favor of sugary alternatives; excess sugar intake comes with its own set of ills.
Just think of it this way - eating everything in moderation is your best bet.