Artificial Sweeteners Block Weight Loss

Recent findings from Massachusetts General Hospital show how artificial sweeteners stop the function of a necessary enzyme needed for preventing obesity. Here are some highlights from article called Sugar-free products stop us getting slimmer:

Why does aspartame not aid weight loss? -  "We found that aspartame blocks a gut enzyme called intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP)," explains Professor Hodin, who teaches at Harvard Medical School.

IAP is produced in the small intestine. - "We previously showed [this enzyme] can prevent obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome [a disease characterized by a combination of obesity, high blood pressure, a metabolic disorder and insulin resistence]. So, we think that aspartame might not work because, even as it is substituting for sugar, it blocks the beneficial aspects of IAP."

"However, aspartame does not block the enzyme directly. It does so through one of its intestinal breakdown products called phenylalanine."

"What does that mean for humans? You'd be better off drinking plain water, or tea without sugar or sweetener, than grabbing a "zero-sugar" refreshment."

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