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Artificial Sweeteners May Help Control Blood Sugar – Diabetes Health | January 14, 2010

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Combining artificial sweeteners with the real thing boosts the stomach’s secretion of a hormone that makes people feel full and helps control blood sugar, new research shows.

It’s unknown whether this means anything for people’s health, but “in light of the large number of individuals using artificial sweeteners on a daily basis, it appears essential to carefully investigate the associated effects on metabolism and weight,” conclude Dr. Rebecca J. Brown and colleagues from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Because artificial sweeteners are virtually carbohydrate-free, they have been thought not to have any effect on how the body handles glucose (sugar), the researchers explain.

But there’s some evidence that artificial sweeteners may trigger secretion of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 is released from the digestive tract when a person eats as a “fullness” signal to the brain, curbing appetite and calorie intake.

via Artificial Sweeteners May Help Control Blood Sugar – Diabetes Health.

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