Why artificial sweeteners make you gain weight — and how to avoid putting on the pounds

February 26, 2015
Volume 12    |   Issue 09

Many people use artificial sweeteners, which contain no calories, to lose weight or prevent blood sugar problems like hypoglycemia and diabetes. Not only are these products not helping with weight loss, they may actually be doing the opposite: contributing to the growing epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

According to studies published in the September 2014 issue of Nature, artificial sweeteners may cause weight gain and glucose intolerance. This isn't anything new. I told you about this years ago. But we didn't know the reason for the continued weight gain. One explanation for this phenomenon is that they appear to change the composition and function of bacteria in the intestines.

One of the researchers suggests that certain bacteria in the guts of those who developed glucose intolerance react to the chemical sweeteners in an unusual way. They secrete substances that provoke an inflammatory response similar to a sugar overdose. This in turn promotes changes in the body's ability to use sugar, leading to glucose intolerance. And this chain of events can occur after just one week of artificial sweetener use.

This is significant, as glucose intolerance is the first step toward metabolic syndrome and adult-onset diabetes. So people who are using artificial sweeteners to avoid these diseases are setting themselves up for failure. To try to determine just why artificial sweeteners affect glucose, researchers first began experimenting with mice.

To establish the connection between glucose intolerance, they began by giving water that contained three common artificial sweeteners in FDA-approved doses. Sure enough, the mice drinking this water developed glucose intolerance — but mice drinking regular water and even sugar water didn't.

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To find out why, the researchers then began investigating the mice's microbiota. Our bodies don't absorb artificial sweeteners through our gastrointestinal tract; they simply pass through, meeting trillions of bacteria along the way. When the researchers gave the mice antibiotics to clear out their gut bacteria, the glucose intolerance disappeared with it. Then they tried transferring gut bacteria from intolerant mice to tolerant mice. Such enough, the glucose intolerance moved along with the bacteria. When they studied the mice's microbiota, they found that it had changed significantly. And new microbes had appeared that are known to be related to obesity, diabetes, and complications of these conditions.

To see if the effects would be the same in humans, the researchers asked volunteers who usually avoid artificial sweeteners to consume them for a week. After just that week, many began to show signs of glucose intolerance.

Clearly, artificial sweeteners are not the answer if you're trying to lose weight, avoid diabetes, or control your blood sugar. Fortunately, there is something that can help. Metabolic Defense is unlike any other blood sugar formula on the market. No other formula directly addresses hidden blood sugar triggers or has this exclusive blend of blood sugar balancing herbs and nutrients. And no other formula offers you total protection from all the causes and complications of high blood sugar.

In fact, in all of my years of practice, I've never seen a more powerful way to help balance your blood sugar. Don't turn to artificial sweeteners that will only make your problem worse. Metabolic Defense has the solution to keeping your blood sugar balanced at a healthy level.

Your voice of reason in Women's Health,


Weizmann Institute of Science, "Gut Bacteria, Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance," September 17, 2014.

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