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Are Artificial Sweeteners Better than Sugar?

We all believe Artificial Sweeteners are the perfect example of “have your cake and eat it too”. Enjoy the sweetness without any working about adding up the calories. But what we forget is

All sugars aren’t created equal!

We should be mindful of what we put in our bodies because we are what we eat. Let’s take a closer look at artificial sweeteners.

Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes that provide sweetness without adding significant calories. Some commonly used artificial sweeteners are aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, etc. Whereas real sugar is sometimes labelled as sucrose or cane sugar.

There have been ongoing studies going on which show a relationship between consuming artificial sweeteners and subsequent cravings for sugar or carbohydrates. The potential reasons behind cravings after consuming artificial sweeteners include:

  1. Psychological Factors: “Artificial sweeteners are 180 to 20,000 times sweeter than sugar so they can possibly alter the consumer’s taste buds to have a higher tolerance for sweetness and thus crave sweeter and sweeter foods and drinks over time” (1).
  2. Taste Preference: Regular consumption of artificial sweeteners may influence taste preference over time, increasing the preference for sweeter taste. This shift can contribute to craving for sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods.
  3. Gut Microbiota: Emerging research suggests that artificial sweeteners may impact the composition and function of gut microbiota, which can influence appetite regulations and food cravings. Changes in gut microbiota can potentially contribute to craving certain types of foods.
  4. Individual Variability: Each person’s response to artificial sweeteners may vary based on factors such as genetics, metabolism, and existing dietary patterns. These individuals’ differences can influence cravings and responses to artificial sweeteners.

    While there is evidence suggesting a potential link between artificial sweetener consumption and cravings, more research is needed to establish a clear cause-and-effect relationship. It’s important to interpret the findings in the context of the broader body of research and consider individual variations.

    If you personally experience cravings after consuming artificial sweeteners, you may find it helpful to explore strategies such as gradually reducing overall sweetness preferences, incorporating whole foods into your diet, or consulting with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized advice and guidance.

(1). 8 Artificial Sweeteners That Make You Crave More Sweets. (n.d.).

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