Dr. Mehmet Oz issued sour news about artificial sweeteners on his September 27 talk show. Based on the latest studies, he contends that they actually make you fat. In addition, he unveiled his energy-boosting, metabolism-stimulating new red drink.
Most of us who sip those diet sodas and nibble on sugar-free cookies think we're being diet-wise. But Dr. Oz cites a new study from the Yale University School of Medicine indicating that we're wrong. The Yale researchers discovered that when we eat sugar-free foods to alleviate fatigue or hunger, we actually tend to eat even more calories than if we'd chosen the sugar-based version.
The science behind the study: When your tongue tastes something sweet, your brain anticipates glucose, resulting in increased levels of dopamine. That results in satisfaction and that feeling of being rewarded with food. But when your tongue tastes something sweet that is derived from artificial sweeteners and then doesn't get the dopamine effect, you want more food. Those cravings can cause you to binge.
Instead, try a small treat made of real sugar or eat fresh fruit for an energy boost that benefits your brain and body. You can learn more about the study by clicking here.
And for a real energy boost, Dr. Oz suggests his all-new red energy drink recipe.
(Makes 3 1/2 servings)
- 1/2 cup chopped peeled red beets
- 1/2 red pepper, seed and stem removed, chopped
- 2 cups watermelon cubes
- 1 cup hulled strawberries
- 1 cup peeled cucumber cubes
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1/2 cup ice
Combine all in blender, serve and enjoy!