I randomly came across this article last week that claims artificial sweeteners promote weight gain because when you taste something sweet your brain sends a signal to the pancreas to prepare for sugar. Thus, you get extra insulin in your system without the sugar entering the blood causing blood sugar drop and consequently hunger and rebound eating.
I don’t regularly read this site or know much about the validity of his claims… thoughts?
What really interests me though is that if this IS this case, then are Type 1 diabetics an exception? We don’t make insulin, so we wouldn’t get the pancreas release, the lowered BG, etc.
Haha! I’m not saying this would be a good reason for us to go binging on artificial sweeteners or anything. Personally, I have my one Diet Dr. Pepper a day, and sprinkle a bit of Stevia on oatmeal and that’s mostly it. But the possibility of being an exception does amuse me.