Put another way, using artificial sweeteners can make you jettison healthy, satisfying and nutritious foods while pushing you towards more artificially flavored foods with lower nutritional value.
Artificial sweeteners may play another trick, too.
Research suggests that they can prevent us from associating sweetness with calorie intake. As a result, we may crave more sweets, tend to choose sweet food over nutritious food, and gain weight — not good news for people keeping an eye on their blood sugar levels, or their waistlines.
In fact. participants in the famous San Antonio Heart Study who drank more than 21 diet drinks per week were twice as likely to become overweight or obese as people who didn’t drink diet soda.