February 25, 2023
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The Truth About Zero Calorie Sweeteners: Separating Fact from Fiction in the Weight Loss Debate
Zero calorie sweeteners are a popular way to help with weight loss and promote healthy eating habits. They are sweeteners that have little to no calories, and they can be used as a substitute for sugar in many different recipes and beverages. However, there have been some concerns and controversies surrounding the use of zero calorie sweeteners and their potential health effects.
Some studies have suggested that these sweeteners may contribute to weight gain, increase the risk of certain diseases, and have negative effects on gut health. However, it’s important to understand that much of the research on this topic has been limited and conflicting. For example, some studies have been based on animal models or observational studies, which can be prone to bias and do not provide strong evidence of causality. Still, there are those that fear zero calorie sweeteners are harmful chemicals, solely because they aren’t natural. We’ve covered that in a prior blog post: Everything is a Chemical
On the other hand, there have been numerous large, well-designed studies that have found no evidence of harmful effects from zero calorie sweeteners. For example, a systematic review of 40 studies concluded that the use of artificial sweeteners was not associated with an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, or cardiovascular disease. Another systematic review found that the use of artificial sweeteners was not associated with negative effects on gut health or glucose metabolism.