3. Increased Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome refers to the group of risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing a condition such as heart disease, diabetes, or stroke. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the risk factors for metabolic syndrome include a large waist circumference and high fasting blood glucose levels. High triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and high blood pressure are additional risk factors. Some studies have shown that artificial sweeteners may increase the risk of metabolic syndrome and cause obesity.
2. Altered Taste Buds
Artificial sweeteners work by activating the same taste buds that are affected by sugar. However, artificial sweeteners are often many times sweeter than table sugar. This can have a negative effect on your taste buds by changing your taste preferences. With time, you may discover you desire the super sweet flavors of artificially altered foods instead of the natural sweetness of healthful fruits and vegetables. Altered tastes can lead to making food choices that deprive your body of the nourishment it needs. Additionally, it can cheat you of the enjoyment of the wholesome foods that don’t contain the same level of sweetness.
1. What About Natural Sweeteners?
You may wonder if natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, molasses, and fruit juices are better choices than artificial sweeteners or table sugar. These substances are natural ingredients. However, they still contain the sugars that contribute to weight gain and the risk of obesity and heart disease. The healthiest meal plan is one that includes lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables while limiting sweets and excess salt.