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41. Time to Toss the Artificial Sweeteners

Episode Summary

Stress has never been higher for people. The pandemic. Social isolation. Economic uncertainty. Our highly charged politics. So what are folks doing to pass the time and soothe their anxiety? Stress eating. Often this means turning to sweets like ice cream, cookies, or cake. Or grabbing a zero-calorie soda.  If you think artificial sweeteners will give you that sweet treat but still keep you safe, think again. While they’ve been heavily marketed to help protect against diabetes, obesity, and poor health, the research tells a different story. These zero-calorie sweeteners can actually expand your waistline and increase your risk for diabetes.

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Key Takeaways To Tune In For

  • [01:05] How zero-calorie sweeteners can increase your risk for diabetes
  • [01:35] On average Americans consume 94 grams of added sugar every day
  • [03:15] People are turning to low or zero-calorie sweeteners to satisfy their sweet tooth  
  • [03:45] How artificial sweetener can affect the body 
  • [04:50] Some artificial sweeteners are sweeter the regular table sugar 
  • [06:43] Artificial Sweeteners can lower the bodies ability to use sweet taste as a signal for calories 
  • [08:34] How children are affected by sweeteners 
  • [09:30] The risk for type 2 diabetes has increased in people who have more than 1 artificial sweetened drink a day
  • [11:30] Higher intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks  was associated with increased risk of stroke and dementia 

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