Diet Food And Drinks May Trigger Weight Gain And Diabetes

Ebony Scott
August 12, 2017

Researchers at Yale University say in nature sweetness signals the presence of energy, so that the sweeter something tastes, the more calories it contains.

In nature, very sweet foods signal high calorie content to the body which readies itself in response to the food intake.

However, a new research study indicates that these benefits may just be theoretical since artificial sweeteners may actually increase the risk of diabetes and weight gain.

The sweetness in naturally sweetened foods tells the body the food contains energy, and the sweeter the food, the more energy it usually contains.

The findings revealed that apart from the failure of the calories in triggering metabolism, the mismatch of sweetness and calories also resulted in the failure of the reward circuits inside the brain in registering that consumption of the calories had been done.

Where a low-calorie drink is still as sweet as the normal version, the mismatch appears to send metabolisms haywire. He says that the calories are only half part of the entire equation and the sweet taste perception will occupy the remaining portion.

A study has found that low-calorie food and beverage could increase the risk for obesity and diabetes.

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Senior author of the study, which has been published in the journal Current Biology, Professor Dana Small said: "A calorie is not a calorie".

Professor Dwyer added that the mismatch may have a negative impact on weight and metabolism, but the link between unprocessed calories and metabolic diseases and health needs further study.

Not everyone is convinced with the results of the study, however, and experts are split between those who support the claim and those who believe it is too early to consider the findings as conclusive evidence.

The study was performed on a set of 15 people who consumed diet drinks and others who drank regular ones. "Our modern food environment is characterized by energy sources our bodies have never seen before".

Professor Tom Sanders, of King's College London, said: "Saying a calorie is not a calorie is 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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