Dr Oz: Artificial Sweeteners Dangers
How often do you use artificial sweeteners in your daily routine? I am drinking some in my coffee right now. Cutting out butter and sugar is supposed to be a healthy choice, but Dr Oz promised new information about the risks of these artificial products. Do sugar substitutes lead to weight gain? Do artificial sweeteners cause cancer?
Saccharine was our nation’s first artificial sweetener in the 1950s. Now, there are about six types of sweeteners including Aspartame, Sucralose and Neotame which are used in soda and thousands of other products. About 15% of us are using them regularly, making this a billion dollar industry.
Dr Oz: Do Artificial Sweeteners Make You Gain Weight?
According to Dr Oz, viewers commonly ask several questions about these sweeteners. He believes that they can cause weight gain. He also talked about a new problem called Metabolic Syndrome, which he is worried about for those who rely on artificial sweeteners.
Dr Oz: Metabolic Syndrome, What Is It?
There are three main symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome, as defined by Dr Oz, and none of them are good for your health.
- High blood pressure
- Excess belly fat
- Insulin resistance
Dr Oz said he knows that some people have emotional addictions to sweeteners, such as his guests, Renata and Alicia. They claim they’re addicted to artificial sweeteners.
Dr Oz: Artificial Sweetener Addiction
Renata said weight struggles led her to avoid sugar in her morning coffee, using an artificial alternative instead. She admits drinking coffee through the day, and prefers it to snacking on cookies or other sweets.
She said she has coffee with her all day long, and her co-workers comment on her caffeine intake. Alicia said she started using artificial sweeteners in high school, also because of weight struggles, choosing diet soda.
Alicia said she can give in to her sweet tooth, which is satisfying. The women say they are addicted, and Alicia loves diet soda to death. Until this show, she said she didn’t worry about the risks with artificial sweeteners.
Diet Soda Causes Insulin Resistance
Did you know you have taste buds throughout your body? They’re not just in the mouth, but continue through your digestive system. Chemicals in a diet soda, for example, cause insulin release and insulin resistance, sending chemicals to the brain’s addiction centers.
But the brain knows you’re not getting real sugar, so you aren’t actually satisfied. “It’s a double whammy,” he said, explaining that it’s a combination of weight gain and insulin resistance, making it hard to regulate weight gain in the body.
That’s what makes Dr Oz worried about belly fat, as well as high blood pressure, which can advance to Diabetes. Just one soda per day with artificial sweetener can put you at risk for Metabolic Syndrome.
Do Artificial Sweeteners Cause Cancer?
This is another big question that’s been rumored through the years. Do artificial sweeteners cause cancer? Here, the answer is no, so that’s a relief. Dr Oz said current research data doesn’t support a conclusion that they cause cancer.
However, the excess belly fat can increase your risk of certain forms of cancer, such as Pancreatic Cancer, Colon Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, and even Breast Cancer. Do you use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar? Are you concerned about what Dr Oz is discussing?