Paradoxically, they may promote weight gain. Pay attention to the use of artificial sweeteners. Prof. George Mencinicopschi, director of the Institute of Food Research does not recommend the use of artificial sweeteners aspartame (E 951), acesulfame K (E 950), saccharine, ciclamatii (E 952) and sucralose (E 955) as “adverse effects, even causing obesity, although no calories. “Tricks the brain artificially, which expects to emerge after the consumption of these sweeteners and calories. Calories do not come, because it contains no calories. In this situation the brain, the secretion of hormones, alter metabolism so as to retain higher levels calories from other foods eaten (and) that contain calories.
Also, light food without sugar, and light fat-free food can sometimes have a contrary effect, “leading to a compensatory overconsumption and, therefore, weight gain ,” warns Prof. Mencinicopschi. Also not most industrial products we buy contain food additives. They do nothing but to increase our dependency, besides disrupt regulating hunger.
Many studies have been done on this subject, some suggesting that it would be beneficial for the heart, others that it is injurious to health. Most experts say a simple chocolate of high cocoa content (70%) if consumed in moderation is harmless. But when the problem occurs besides basic ingredients (cocoa, cocoa butter) are added other beneficial ingredients that modify properties of chocolate. We must know that chocolate (cocoa) contains theobromine, a caffeine and related substances in small quantities to another substance called phenylethylamine.
“Especially phenylethylamine have a slightly hallucinogenic activity, giving a feeling of euphoria and addiction, can create this product. It seems that phenylethylamine is able to induce attraction, sometimes bulimic, which manifests chocolate, especially to depressed people. This effect potentate is another substance found in chocolate – which is an antidepressant (…) salsolinolul recently been highlighted in chocolate, which has a similar action as cannabinoids, explaining exacerbation of sensory and euphoria induced by consumption of chocolate”says Prof. Mencinicpschi.