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Artificial Sweeteners Worsen Obesity Epidemic

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Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 12:09 PM Current | Bio | Archive

After artificial turf (AstroTurf) was laid down on professional football fields, starting with the Houston Astrodome in 1966, football players suffered an alarming increase in knee injuries.

Eventually, the NFL replaced it with other artificial surfaces, but between 2000 and 2009, ACL injuries were still 67 percent higher on fake grass than real grass.

Although artificial surfaces were supposed to make it easier to play indoors or outdoors in all types of weather, the game change hurt players instead.

The same can be said about artificial sweeteners.

Originally designed to restrict calories, it turns out they may do more harm than good. They trick the body into thinking it has taken in sugar when it hasn't, often triggering sugar-binging (and weight gain).

And now a study in the journal Nature shows that artificial sweeteners alter your gut biome by changing the balance of bad and good bacteria, causing insulin resistance and subsequent glucose intolerance.

Insulin resistance means your body isn't using insulin properly to convert glucose into energy. That can pack on pounds and lead to diabetes.

Clearly, like artificial turf, artificial sweeteners don't solve a problem. Rather, they contribute to the national epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

If you've been drinking diet sodas or munching on sugar-free candies, stop.

Instead, opt for fresh, unadulterated beverages and foods, and take a probiotic to restore the balance of good bacteria in your gut.  

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