Artificial sweeteners won’t help you lose weight. In fact, they can trick your body into gaining weight. When you use artificial sweeteners, the appetite suppressant chemicals in your body decrease, and your sugar cravings and feelings of sugar dependency increase. In one animal study, artificial sweeteners were linked to cancer. In another study, the popular sweetener known as aspartame was linked to methanol toxicity, which is a possible contributor to the development of autism.*
When it comes to watching your weight, all sweeteners should be used in moderation. For artificial sweetener alternatives, consider using coconut sugar, molasses, or honey.
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