Artificial Sweeters Do Not Cause Weight Gain!

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Another anti-Splenda (artificial sweetener) “study” was released last week filled with misinformation and fear mongering, which makes my job increasingly more difficult with these ridiculous headlines. Splenda evidently causes everything from cancer to weight gain and everything in between.

The International Food Information Council Foundation has gone on record as saying…”the safety and effectiveness of sucralose (and other low-calorie sweeteners in foods) is incredibly well supported, you shouldn’t hesitate to swap them into your diet in efforts to reduce caloric intake.”

There have been hundreds of studies done on artificial sweeteners over the past 25-30 years confirming their safety in consumption, time and time again. The fear comes by word of mouth from the misinformed.

ZERO CALORIE artificial sweeteners do not make anyone gain weight. Zero calorie artificial sweeteners do not force you to eat ice cream or force you to sit on the couch in place of going for a hike.

Think about that, how does one gain weight with ZERO CALORIES? Think logically…it’s not possible!

High daily sugar intake IS without a doubt linked to obesity, weight gain and diabetes unlike artificial sweeteners. This is no debate. It’s not hearsay, or opinion its a scientifically proven fact!

It seems like fear mongering and the herd mentality of the majority is pushing the general population into believing everything but a solid diet and regular exercise is causing the poor health and obesity issues in the country!

It’s really not that difficult, manage calories and follow a structured consistent exercise routine even if it’s just a modest brisk 30 minute walk every day.

Identify the root cause, the real problem and fix it!

I’m not here to compare sugar vs artificial sweeteners, my point is…If John Doe has a legitimate issue with a food, that doesn’t automatically mean that it’s bad for the entire population. In the right context, what is bad for John Doe may very well benefit a great number of others. I would recommend digging a bit deeper, doing some research if somethings important to you and not buying into every single headline that makes the rounds.


About the Author:

Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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