Experts used to believe that sugar-free products with zero-calorie sweeteners could make you want to eat more. The thinking behind this was that zero-calorie sweeteners raise the blood glucose levels and affect the hormone levels that lead your body to crave carbs. A recent study, however, has found that zero-calorie sweetened drinks have no more affect than water on hormones.
What Are Sugar-Free Sweeteners?
Sugar-free sweeteners are zero-calorie sugar substitutes made from a variety of different substances, such as herbs or sugars that have been modified by scientists so they are still sweet but don’t have any calories. Common types of sugar-free sweeteners include:
- Sucralose brand name: Splenda
- Nutrasweet brand name: Equal
- Saccharin brand name: Sweet ‘N Low
- Stevia brand name: Truvia
Recent studies have found sugar-free sweeteners to be safe for us to eat. Also, replacing sugar with sugar-free sweetener in their meal plans was found to help people lose weight and control their diabetes.