A Common Artificial Sweetener Is Poisoning Dogs

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in everything from toothpaste to peanut butter to sugar-free gum. And, it turns out, it’s poison for dogs.

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It’s not peanut butter/etc per se – it’s the artificial sweetener in certain brands when they want to make it low calorie.   So it might just be a small amount of the wrong kind.

8 Things That Happen When You Finally Stop Drinking Diet Soda

You’ve decided to give up diet soda—good idea! Maybe you weren’t hitting your weight-loss goals or couldn’t stomach that long list of ingredients anymore. Or perhaps you heard one too many times that it’s just not good for you.

Whatever the reason, eliminating diet soda from your diet will improve your health from head to toe. Research on diet soda is still in its infancy, but there’s enough out there to identify what you can look forward to when you put down the can and cool down with an unsweetened iced tea instead.

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Sorry, but soda/pop is one place I will not consider the diet alternative.  Simply due to taste – most just prompted me to drink water instead (for the best anyway, but not for Big Soda/Pop).

The aspect of weight loss because of coming off diet soda/pop isn’t that surprising.  It’s often suggested that we consume more because we’re under the impression the food/beverage is healthier so we can consume more. As the joke goes: I’ll have the extra large burger, extra large fries, and …a diet soft drink.

How Do Artificial Sweeteners Trick Us Into Tasting Sugar?

Direct link to youtube (2:41 minutes).

American Chemical Society’s Reactions takes on the question of how we taste sweetness. They start with the simpler question of how sugar itself is processed by our taste buds, but quickly transition into how artificial sweeteners are able to find a similar, though not quite, effect.

Related: Artificial Sweeteners: What Are They Really Doing to Our Bodies?

Artificial Sweeteners: What Are They Really Doing to Our Bodies?

They’re what stimulate your sweet tooth without adding girth to your waistline; they give diet colas and sugar-free snacks a saccharine kick without the consequences. At least that’s the idea. But these sweeteners have been the subject of hoaxes and misinformation for years, slowly discrediting their wondrous health claims. Can you really, as Dr. Susan Swithers of Purdue University quips, “have your fake cake and eat it, too?”

Source: What Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Doing to Our Bodies?

Supplementary: Burning artificial sweeteners with a Red Nickel Ball (youtube, 4:13 minutes)


Diet Soda/Pop and It’s Psychological Impact

In recent decades, artificially sweetened beverages have become an increasingly popular alternative to sugary sodas. At the same time, America’s obesity rate has risen to epidemic levels.

Odd coincidence? Perhaps not: Considerable research has found consuming these “diet” drinks results in weight gain over the long run. At first glance, this seems preposterous, since you’re substituting a high-calorie product with a no-calorie one.

But in a newly published paper, a research team led by Texas Christian University psychologist Sarah Hill finds drinking these non-sugar beverages can “influence psychological processes in ways that—over time—may increase calorie intake.”

Source: The Psychological Impact Of Diet Soda

Research: Zero-Calorie Sweeteners May Raise Blood Sugar

…a new study coming out in Nature found that consuming artificial sweeteners may actually raise your blood sugar. Once again: consuming fake sugar may actually raise your blood sugar levels, giving you diabetes and whatever the hell other horrible diseases that go along with it.