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Diet Drinks Fool Your Body's Metabolism

Diet Drinks Fool Your Body's Metabolism

The brain reward circuits will register the calories.

They found when there was a "mismatch" between sweetness and calories - as is often the case with diet drinks or foods because they are not as sugary - the calories fail to trigger the body's metabolism. Another reason is that they come with the promise of zero calories, making them quite attractive to weight loss fanatics.

Artificial sweeteners have become the norm in many homes now, effectively replacing sugar in tea, coffee, shakes, desserts and other sweet preparations.

Dana Small is the professor at the Yale University.

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. "Calories are only half of the equation; sweet taste perception is the other half".

As humans need to consume calories in order to produce energy, metabolism will use any resource, but the most efficient and healthy ones are the natural sources.

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"When sweet taste and energy are not matched, less energy is metabolised and inaccurate signals go to the brain. Our modern food environment is characterized by energy sources our bodies have never seen before".

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The authors suggest people may learn, as more diet products are produced, how their flavor predicts their nutritional content.

"What the paper does imply, correctly in my view, is that mismatches between calories and sweetness interfere with metabolism of calories", Cardiff University professor of psychology Dominic Dwyer commented. Any one of these impacts might affect the metabolic health of the concerned person.

They conducted the research on 15 people who had their brains scanned when they consumed diet drinks.

King's College London professor emeritus of nutrition and dietetics Tom Sanders, however, completely disagrees with the results of the study and called it "gobbledegook".

Diet drinks and meals could cause people to put on weight and trigger diabetes even when they are low-calorie.


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