New Study: Low-Calorie Sweeteners Don’t Cause Sweet Cravings
Posted by Caitlin Norton
Great news for anyone who uses low-calorie sweeteners like sucralose, aka Splenda, to cut down on daily sugar consumption! New research confirms sweeteners do not cause you to crave more sweet tasting foods in your diet!
Conducted at the Sensory Evaluation Center at Penn State, the study found that low-calorie sweeteners didn’t have greater sweet sensations, or cause cravings, when compared to sugar.
The researchers concluded that, “NNS [non-nutritive sweeteners] are not super-stimuli with regard to perceived sweetness intensity. That is, although NNS may have greater binding affinity to sweet receptors, this does not imply NNS over stimulate sweet receptors as has been implied previously.”
Personally, I can attest to this. When I started replacing sugar with sweeteners, not only did I not crave more sweet things, I also noticed that my taste buds became really sensitive about sweet foods –and I now want less of them.
There has been plenty of speculation that low-calorie sweeteners cause weight gain due to craving sweets, but this study seems to negates that. The truth is that cutting down on sugar is a process and it takes time for your body to adjust. Not to mention, you really have to read labels to know where extra sugar is creeping into your diet.
The best part about this study is that it supports previous research that shows that low-calorie sweeteners can assist people with controlling and losing weight, while leading healthier lives.
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