A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) pointed out that, based on recent studies; sugar substitutes may be linked to gaining weight.
What they found is that low-calorie sweeteners may promote over-eating by increasing the appetite for more sweet foods, causing weight gain. Basically the body's systems for evaluating the number of calories, energy expenditure, and the feeling of fullness are disrupted.
For example in one of the studies, rats fed artificial sweetener in their food, ingested more calories and gained more weight compared to rats fed a diet containing regular sugar.
It was also found that rats fed sugar substitutes did not change their calorie intake once they ate sugar-sweetened food. Thus the artificial sweetener had longer lasting adverse effects on weight gain and caloric intake evenRead More »from Want to Lose Weight? Keep Away from Artificial Sweeteners