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How Artificial Sweeteners Make You Eat More

Eating foods with artificial sweeteners for a long time wisens your brain to their low-calorie nature and increases your hunger.

Using artificial sweeteners, such as sucralose (brand name Splenda), in place of sugar is considered a healthy move because of the ill effects of sugar.

However, some studies in both animals and humans had suggested that consuming artificial sweeteners can make you feel hungry and actually eat more. But it was not known why.

New study

A recent study from the University of Sydney has revealed, for the first time, why this response occurs.

Regularly eating sucralose-containing food triggers increased food intake. But the results need to be interpreted properly. Else, one can draw wrong conclusions.

Interpretation of the results

In our brains, the sweetness of food is connected with energy. When we eat something sweet, the brain knows that the body is getting a lot of calories.

When you eat something sweet, but if that sweet food is low in calories, such as is the case with foods containing artificial sweeteners, over a long time, the brain wisens up and recalibrates sweetness with low calories and so increases overall motivation to eat more food.

This change in the brain happens over a period of time. So, artificial sweeteners, once in a while, should be fine.


This will apply to all artificial sweeteners and not just sucralose, which was used in the study.

Either you do not eat anything sweet, or if you do, make sure the sweet food is high in calories (read, contains regular sugar). So, definitely no artificial sweeteners in place of regular sugar.

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In conclusion

Artificial sweeteners are worse than sugar, over a long period of time, to help control calorie intake.

First published on: 16th July 2016
Image Credit: master1305 on Freepik
Last Updated on: 1st June 2023


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