To Use Sugar Or Not To Use Sugar. That Is The Question.
Some people just do not want any food or drinks that are not sweet. For instance, people who drink coffee might not be able to chug all of it down if it is not sweet enough for them.
Now, the use of natural sugar to sweeten any food or drinks has been frowned upon in the last decade. Doctors want you to stay away from sugar because if consumed in large amounts, it could contribute to the likelihood of Type 2 Diabetes and other medical conditions.
Given that people do not want to eat or drink unsweetened foods, such people resort to using NSS or Non-Sugar Sweeteners or sugar substitutes.
There is a new review that actually collates data from various studies so that they can tell if sugar substitutes do indeed help you when it comes to weight loss. Some studies suggest that using sugar substitutes are bad for your health. There are also some that suggest that they do not really give any underlying health problems at all.
So today, I am going to dive deeper into the review so that we can find out whether sugar substitutes can really help you in losing weight or not.
Before I talk about what is in the review, it is important to stress what sugar substitutes really are. Sugar substitutes constitute both artificial sweeteners such as saccharin and aspartame and the so-called “natural” sweeteners such as Stevia, for example.
The reason why sugar substitutes are so appealing to the masses is due to the fact that they provide sweetness to any food or drink and it also does not contain any calories as well. It is pretty healthy, right? Well, here is where it gets interesting.
In half of the studies that were being reviewed, the finding suggests that sugar substitutes do decrease the likelihood or risk of developing type 2 diabetes and obesity. But, half of the study also suggests otherwise as it was found out that sugar substitutes do increase the likelihood of obesity (which leads to other diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, inability to last longer in bed, gout, etc) and type 2 diabetes.
It is important to address that there were a total of 56 different studies that were reviewed, so there are some limitations.
Although the findings of the individual studies are compelling, there are clearly some study limitations that you need to be aware of.
First, there were long-term studies that were discarded from the review simply because the sugar substitutes that were used were not indicated.
Second, there is really no tangible comparison because the substitutes were not compared to anything other than other sugar alternatives. For instance, it was not compared to either real sugar or even water, so the results that were presented could have been affected.
Third, there are so many different sugar substitutes out there, but only a handful of them was tested in the many studies that were reviewed.
Whether or not sugar substitutes really aid you in losing weight, only you can decide and see for yourself. The findings are mixed, so the results you will get may vary. It is up to you to try it out for yourself.