Find out why you should avoid using THIS artificial sweetener at all costs…
One of the many artificial sweeteners out there is a substance called saccharin.
Invented by a Russian chemist in 1876, the zero-calorie artificial sweetener saccharin gained popularity in the 1960s and 1970s when dieters started looking for alternatives to sugar. Today it can be found in carbonated beverages, candy, cereals, sugar-free desserts, and other processed foods.
Saccharin has been touted as a healthy sugar substitute that helps with weight loss, diabetes, and dental health, but some research suggests negative side effects.
Is saccharin healthy? No. An important study published in 2014 showed that artificial sweeteners create an imbalance in the gut microbiome.
This can lead to glucose intolerance and other metabolic abnormalities. Glucose intolerance is the main characteristic of prediabetes, which is considered an early stage of diabetes.
The researchers added artificial sweeteners to the drinking water of lean 10-week-old mice. There was a control group of mice who drank pure water and mice who drank water with glucose and sucrose. The mice who consumed the drinking water with artificial sweeteners developed glucose intolerance.SPECIAL: New Research Reveals How to Get Your Brain to Tell Your Body to Burn More Fat
Of all the artificial sweeteners in the study (saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame), the harmful effects of saccharin were most pronounced.
A study published in 2019 confirmed that saccharin changes the composition of the gut microbiome and inhibits the growth of certain bacterial strains. Because of this, rats that consumed saccharin suffered from inflammation, which is a frequent side effect of disrupting the gut microbiome.
A review published in 2016 likewise found the consumption of artificial sweeteners was linked to the disruption of the gut microbiome, inflammation, and metabolic disease.
Facts About Saccharin
Saccharin has a bitter, metallic aftertaste, so it is often combined with other artificial sweeteners, like aspartame. This should be taken into consideration whenever the safety of foods containing saccharin is discussed.
Like saccharin, aspartame is one of the most popular sugar substitutes and has also been the subject of controversy.
There is research to suggest that aspartame is associated with various conditions. For example, a review published in 2017 found that the consumption of aspartame was associated with increased BMI and cardiometabolic risk.
One reason why artificial sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame can cause weight gain is that your body becomes accustomed to not receiving calories when you taste something sweet, since artificial sweeteners contain little to no calories. This can lead to overeating.TRENDING: Women Who Eat These 3 Cheeses Are Losing Pounds of Stubborn Belly Fat (Research Proven)
Foods that contain saccharin no longer carry warning labels, but you can still identify the presence of saccharin in a product by reading the ingredient list. Products with artificial sweeteners are often advertised with the words sugar-free and diet. Artificial sweeteners are commonly found in carbonated beverages, candy, cake mixes, jams and jellies, canned foods, and other processed foods.
The sweetener Sweet and Low, which comes in pink packets, is made primarily from saccharin. Splenda, which comes in yellow packets, is made from sucralose, and Nutrasweet, which comes in blue packets, is made from aspartame.
Healthier Natural Sweeteners Try
So are there any good sugar substitutes? Yes. Here is a short list of natural sugar substitutes to get you started:
- Monk fruit sweetener
Monk fruit sweetener comes from monk fruit, which is native to Southeast Asia. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has zero calories and does not raise blood glucose levels.
2. Yacon syrup
Yacon syrup comes from the yacon plant, which is native to South America. Sweet and viscous, it looks and tastes like molasses. It contains lots of fructooligosaccharides, a prebiotic (compound that promotes the growth of good bacteria) found in bananas, onions, and asparagus. Because of its prebiotic qualities, yacon syrup is great for your gut health. Some research suggests it can help you lose weight.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that occurs naturally in trees and fibrous fruits and vegetables. It has fewer calories than sugar and doesnt cause your blood glucose and insulin levels to spike. This means it can help you lose weight. Xylitol also reduces the amount of plaque in your mouth and can prevent tooth decay.
The little packets at the coffee shop are more convenient than these alternatives, but natural sugar substitutes are much better for your health. If you want to lose weight, eliminating sugar and artificial sweeteners from your diet is a great place to start.TRENDING: Women Who Eat These 3 Cheeses Are Losing Pounds of Stubborn Belly Fat (Research Proven)
3 Artificial Sweeteners That Are Proven To Help You Lose Weight
Unlike Saccharin, there are three artificial sweeteners that are healthy for you AND can even help you lose weight.
(Yeah I know: sounds like a dream come true, right?!)
How can these miracle sweeteners help you melt fat?
It all has to do with your gut.
Sweeteners like Saccharin wreak havoc on the bacteria in your gut.
Saccharin not only causes the good bacteria in your gut to die off… but it also helps the bad bacteria to multiply.
These bad gut bacteria actively turn food into fat which makes weight loss almost impossible.
However these 3 good sweeteners help your healthy gut bacteria flourish. When your gut is healthy and supported by the good foods you eat, its able to turn food into fuel.
This helps you get into some real, healthy and sustainable weight loss that lasts.