I learned for myself that artificial sweeteners play havoc with my hunger signals, making me strongly crave all the worst stuff. I have other posts that relate to studies on the powerful effect of artificial sweeteners–and now there is another.
We know that rat studies are used all the time to help researchers to find out if drugs, chemicals, etc., will be bad for people. While most of us are not rats, and the correlation between rat and human studies is not one to one, there are lots of clues in the rat studies that alert the scientists pay attention.
Dr Briffa offers the following on artificial sweeteners making rats eat more and gain weight faster that has made me sit up and take notice:
While it has been a challenge for me, the fact is we probably do best when we stay away from sweet taste as much as possible and curtail the need for sweet. I know, easier said than done, but as I’ve written before, after a year or eighteen months most people cease to crave sweets like they did before and go on to prefer a sweeter leaner life without the sweet food.