A new study has found that artificial sweeteners may not be as healthy an option as originally thought.

A new study has found that artificial sweeteners might not be a healthier alternative to real sugar.

Surgeon and neuroscientist Dr Rahul Jandial said today the study asked a group of people to eat artificial sweeteners and then measure their body response using a blood sugar monitor, similar those used by people with type 1 diabetes.

“They found that artificial sweeteners raise your glucose levels and are not harmless,” Dr. Jandial said.

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From a health perspective, Dr. Jandial said that in some cases it would be better to have a small serving of the real thing instead to satisfy any cravings.

“To make us feel full is really a multi-step process,” he said.

“When we see something we’re going to eat, we brace ourselves for it — then when it hits our tongue — the artificial sweeteners are sweet, but they don’t give the right kind of satisfaction.”

Dr. Jandial explained how the artificial sweetener reaches the microbes in the stomach, it sends a different signal to the nerves that wrap around the intestine and does not give the feeling of fullness, or a feeling of fullness. longer than real sugar.

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Diet sodas may actually raise your blood sugar, a new study has found. (Getty)

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“It won’t get me where I want to go, I would rather have the real thing even if I have it less often,” he said.

“When you think about it that way, people start to wonder – should I go with water and just have something sweet once in a while.”

The information in this article and this segment does not constitute nutritional advice. If you have any concerns about your diet or want more information about the effects of artificial sweeteners on the body, speak to your healthcare professional.

Watch the full segment with Dr. Jandial above

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