A study at the University of Southern California, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, shows that drinks with artificial sweeteners can increase food cravings and appetite in women. This suggests that slimmers using low calorie alternatives to sugar may actually gain weight rather than lose it!
Sucralose (also known as Splenda) is up to 1,000 times sweeter than normal sugar and has just two calories per teaspoon. It is found in Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi and many other soft drinks and may trick the brain into feeling hungry.
Study Author Dr. Kathleen Page said: ‘ A lot of people use artificial sweeteners to help them lose weight but our study shows that they may be contributing to weight gain, type2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders’.