Updated January 21, 2022
Artificial sweeteners include saccharin (pink packet), aspartame (Equal, NutriSweet, yellow packet), sucralose (Splenda), acesulfame and others. Recent derivatives of stevia (Truvia, green packet) are at the cusp of unnatural.
There is no data that artificial sweeteners help with weight loss. On the contrary, there is growing data that artificial sweeteners can alter sugar metabolism and indirectly other processes.
With all artificial sweeteners, we are telling the brain that sugar is coming. The body prepares for the receipt of these carbohydrate calories by releasing certain hormones and other signal molecules. When the sugar doesn’t come, the cellular processes that were ramped up to metabolize these sugars run improperly, such as when regular gas is put in a diesel engine. Under continual bombardment of daily “diet” products, metabolism can be altered permanently.