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A publication here, another one there and currents are formed with divergent opinions, being pointed like collaborator of diseases and in other slopes like a great ally in the fight against the obesity and for the people with diabetes. published in the journal Nature in September 2014, the sweetener would be "guilty" for increasing the risk of development of the metabolic syndrome, a stage in which insulin has been hampered.

The study was conducted in rodents divided into two groups, group 1 who ingested sweetener (saccharin, aspartame and sucralose) in high doses and group 2 who ingested water and sugar. The conclusion was that the sweetener consuming group failed to metabolize the sweetener, creating metabolic disturbances leading to a possible glucose intolerance.

In humans, volunteers underwent the same test (saccharin only) and in some of them have been observed to increase insulin resistance, but are not conclusive, since the study does not report the conditions of the persons analyzed.

How insulin resistance develops

Insulin resistance is characterized when your body still produces insulin, but the hormone has difficulty performing its action of sending the glucose into the cells.

In this process the body begins to suffer blood glucose peaks, forcing the pancreas to make more insulin. This overproduction triggers an inflammatory response, leading to a decline in health and opening the door to various diseases.

What favors these peaks? The exaggerated consumption of refined carbohydrates, sweets, pastas, breads and foods with high glycemic index and load, which in addition to gaining weight, by the high caloric value still promotes these inflammations.

Dilemma

Habits and lifestyle poor diet and sedentary lifestyle, bring obesity to epidemic status and that is a fact, just look sideways.

The current large population diet is made up of high-fat, sugar-stuffed, industrialized and refined foods , low in nutrients and fiber, which cause peaks of glucose and insulin in the blood, favoring the emergence of diseases linked to poor diet, such as hypertension, bad cholesterol increase, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and even some types of cancer. > Will the sweetener be the only villain?

A lot of people try to find a single villain responsible for all diseases and metabolic disorders. Certainly it requires a more careful analysis and more studies and tests so that the use of the sweetener becomes more conscious, avoiding the excess and abuse. The use and indication should be made on a case-by-case basis by a healthcare professional and its use restricted to the minimum necessary, until the studies are more conclusive.

And more than that, it is necessary to reduce consumption than it really hurts us by avoiding overeating by cutting processed, sodium-rich, refined foods rich in saturated fat and trans fat that elevate the biochemical processes of inflammation in the body. Allied to this, one should increase the consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains and good fats and practice physical exercises frequently, as they help us to keep our body healthy.

At first this is the only consensus based on uncontested scientific evidence.


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