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March 28, 2011
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Have a happy, healthy week.
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How Artificial Sweeteners Up
one study published last week,
elevated levels of a group of five
amino acids can predict the
development of diabetes years before
any noticeable symptoms occur,
according to Nature Medicine.
The results showed that elevated
blood levels of five amino acids,
isoleucine, leucine, valine,
tyrosine, and phenylalanine,
accurately predicted risk of type 2
diabetes in otherwise healthy adults
as well as in those with traditional
risk factors such as obesity.
The study followed 2,422 healthy
adults with normal blood sugars at
the start of the study for 12 years.
In people closely matched for
traditional risk factors for type 2
diabetes, such as obesity or insulin
resistance, those with the highest
levels of the three most predictive
amino acids -- isoleucine,
phenylalanine, and tyrosine -- had a
five to seven times higher risk of
developing type 2 diabetes than
those with the lowest levels.
would anyone care to guess what is
the most popular ingredient made
from the amino acid phenylalanine?
While this study does not prove a
direct link, there has been research
directly linking aspartame to
increased risk for diabetes and
obesity. Consistently consuming
products that contain aspartame can
surely raise phenylalanine levels.
In another study to be published
in the April issue of American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
researchers mention that consumption
of artificially sweetened beverages
have been significantly associated
with an increased risk of type 2
diabetes and the metabolic syndrome
in previous research. One
explanation for these findings is
that artificially sweetened
beverages stimulate appetite for
sweet foods at subsequent meals.
Another explanation would be
that individuals consuming
artificially sweetened beverages may
be doing so in an attempt to address
a chronic condition. The underlying
health of these participants may
therefore be compromised, and their
risk of type 2 diabetes increased.
Participants consuming artificially
sweetened beverages were more likely
to have reported either weight gain
before the start of the study, to
have tried a lowcalorie diet, and to
have an elevated BMI at baseline.
They were also more likely to have a
family history of type 2 diabetes,
have high triglycerides, have high
blood pressure, and use-each of
which was associated with an
increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
After adjusting for these factors as
well as for total energy intake and
BMI, artificially sweetened
beverages no longer seemed
significantly associated with type 2
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the explanation that artificially
sweetened beverages stimulate
appetite. A third explanation that
the researchers failed to mention
has to do with the body storing the
toxic molecules of artificially
sweetened beverages in fat cells,
thus creating greater adiposity,
which in turn, increases risk of
diabetes. Regardless of the exact
explanation, it is painfully obvious
that avoiding artificial sweeteners
is paramount to staying optimally
P.S. The AJCN study
found that drinking black coffee
instead of sweetened or artificially
sweetened beverages reduced type 2
diabetes risk by 17 percent.
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