Batch with diet soft drink consumption resulted in eating more as their brain did not register calorie count.
When we go on a diet, we often add artificially sweetened drinks and low-calorie dishes to help us meet our goal, but we may be tricking our metabolism into piling on even more weight and triggering diabetes, says a new study from Yale University. Another reason is that they come with the promise of zero calories, making them quite attractive to weight loss fanatics.
Naturally, energy is signaled by sweetness; the calories are more when there is a greater sweetness.
When a beverage is either too sweet or not sweet enough for the amount of calories it contains, the metabolic response and the signal that communicates nutritional value to the brain are disrupted, according to study published August 10 in the journal Current Biology. Misaligned sweetness and calories deceive our body's metabolism into gaining weight.
"Our bodies evolved to efficiently use the energy sources available in nature", Small said.
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The response explains the association between artificial sweeteners and diabetes discovered in earlier studies.
If there is a mismatch between the actual calories and perceived sweetness, the brain could become confused and metabolize less, which could increase the risk for diabetes and other metabolic diseases. The findings follow previous research showing expectant mothers who drink diet drinks are more likely to have overweight children, who are believed to develop a sweet tooth after being exposed to the artificial sweeteners in the womb.
"Our modern food environment is characterised by energy sources our bodies have never seen before".
Is It Time To Sweeten Things Up A Bit?Any one of these impacts might affect the metabolic health of the concerned person.
The study was performed on a set of 15 people who consumed diet drinks and others who drank regular ones. Professor Sattar suggests drinking water instead.
"The statement that a calorie is not a calorie is gobbledegook", said Tom Sanders, Professor emeritus of Nutrition and Dietetics, at King's College London. This may lead to increased risk of diabetes and weight gain, the researchers said.