Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about obesity.

Can artificial sweeteners cause someone to crave sweet foods?

Though artificial sweeteners are marketed to help keep you from eating and drinking too much sugar, they might be making your craving for sweets even stronger, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Studies have shown it is possible that the very strong sweet taste of artificial sweeteners can lead people to have a “sweet tooth,” according to the NIH.

This can lead to overeating and eating sugary sweets you might have otherwise avoided, according to the NIH.

However, more studies need to be done to determine the specific connection between artificial sweeteners and craving sweets, according to the NIH.

For more information about artificial sweeteners and your health, talk with your physician.

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Source: Mujeeb Siddiqui, DO, Premier Metabolic and Bariatric Associates; Registered Dietitian Laura Vikmanis, Premier Metabolic and Bariatric Associates; C. Joe Northup, MD, Premier Weight Loss Solutions; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center