Saccharin Linked to Weight Gain

by Diane Lofshult on Apr 28, 2008

Food for Thought

Before you dump that little pink packet of Sweet’N Low into your next cup of tea, consider this: a new study has found that using an artificial, no-calorie sweetener in place of sugar may be hazardous to your weight loss goals.

Reporting in the January issue of the journal Behavioral Neuroscience, researchers found that rats who were fed saccharin gained more weight and more body fat than rats who were given glucose, a natural sugar.

According to the researchers, “using artificial sweeteners in rats resulted in increased caloric intake, increased body weight and increased adiposity, as well as diminished caloric compensation. These results suggest that consumption of products containing artificial sweeteners may lead to increased body weight and obesity by interfering with fundamental homeostatic, physiological processes.”

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Diane Lofshult IDEA Author/Presenter

Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach,...