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diet drinks alter brain activity

A recent investigation into the effects of diet soda consumption, which contain artificial sweeteners, has shown an adverse effect on brain activity.  Young adults that consumed the greater number of diet drinks had 'reduced caudate head activation'.  The caudate head is a part of the brain involved in signalling reward and controlling food intake.  Because the intense sweetness associated with these diet drinks is no longer a reliable indicator of incoming calories the brain has trained itself to respond less when exposed to sweet flavours.  In other words, artificial sweeteners actually encourage a sweet tooth and excess calorie consumption.

 

This study was done in young 'healthy' adults so imagine what these artificial sweeteners could do to the brain of a child with autism......

Much better to choose naturally sweetened foods and drinks, flavoured with sugar, honey and agave syrup but use sparingly.

 

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2258385

Posted: October 2012

 
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