Sweeteners in diet soft drinks can have a negative effect on weight-loss

A study published in the Journal "Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism" found that aspartame (ASP), a sweetener commonly found in diet soft drinks, could have a negative effect on weight-loss efforts and metabolic syndrome.

The researchers investigated phenylalanine - a by-product of ASP, and its effects on intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) - an enzyme found to prevent metabolic syndrome in mice. As phenylalanine is an inhibitor of IAP, it was hypothesised that consumption of diet soft drinks may contribute to the development of metabolic syndrome.

Results from the study found that certain preventative effects of IAP, in relation to metabolic syndrome, may be inhibited by phenylalanine. This may explain why some people might not see expected weight loss results and metabolic improvements when consuming these diet soft drinks.

Posted: 25/11/2016 11:52:18 by Niamh Dowling
Filed under: Diet Soft Drinks, Sweeteners


 

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