Monday, February 11, 2008

Step Away from the Splenda

Research released Sunday reported that rats on diets containing saccharin gained more weight than rats given sugary food.

In the experiment, funded by the National Institutes of Health and by Purdue, nine rats received yogurt sweetened with saccharin and eight rats received yogurt sweetened with glucose, which is close in composition to table sugar. After receiving their yogurt snack, the animals were given their usual chow.

At the end of five weeks, rats that had been fed sugar-free yogurt gained an average of 88 grams, compared with 72 grams for rats that dined on glucose-sweetened yogurt, a difference of about 20%. Rats fed sugar-free yogurt were consuming more calories and had 5% more body fat.

I have one more important reason to avoid artificial sweeteners: They taste like ass, and definitely not in a good way.


Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I can almost hear Gilda Radner now singing "Sacch-a-rin". I'm glad you qualified that "not in a good way" on the final comment. Otherwise I'd really be worried about you.

Salty Miss Jill said...

Ugh. Nothing worse than the taste of bad ass. Or diet soda.

BigAssBelle said...

i think there is so much about our fake food that science will reveal in coming years . . . too late for many folks, who've lived on this garbage since birth.

and still . . . i have a really hard time putting real actual crystalline sugar in my afternoon cup of chai rather than splenda.

the hard core perpetual lifetime dieter in me actually draws back in horror from sugar in the tea. crazy, eh?