People ask me all of the time why I don’t use artificial sweeteners and what the deal is with Splenda. I usually like to reiterate that I am not an expert (not a doctor or a dietitian) but I have done some research and I do know this:
The main motivation behind artificial sweeteners is to cut calories from the diet. However, there is evidence showing that artificial sweeteners may not trigger the same brain reaction for satiety and could potentially increase appetite for sweets and other carbohydrates. Artificial sweeteners do not exist in nature and so the body is unable to process them, resulting in no calorie intake . It is still unknown what, if any, the long term effects are from some of these sweeteners will be on our bodies.