I was reading http://zeroinginonhealth.com/sweeteners.html
looking for information on how to curb my desire to snack. I've quit commuting by bicycle for now and my appetite has gone way down as a result. But some days I get ravenous and will binge on things like PB&J sandwiches. I noticed that if I have anything like a DietRite soda and rum, or a glass of wine, or Sweet N Low in my coffee, I'll become ravenously hungry.
Anyway, I came across the following which makes as much sense to me as just about anything else I've read on the subject. It seems that some people have a hyper secretion of insulin in response to sweetness. The body, in an attempt to utilize the "overdose" of insulin will crave food until all of the insulin has been used and the body's hunger regulating hormones return to normal...
In 1977, Purdue University psychologist Terry Powley described a vicious cycle that was created with hyper secretion of insulin.
"Rather than secreting quantities of insulin and digestive enzymes appropriate for effective utilization of the ingested material, the animal over secretes and must then ingest enough calories to balance the hormonal and metabolic adjustments."
Powley did not suggest that his happened in humans, but his colleague, Judith Rodin did. In 1985, she suggested that
"acute hyperinsulinemia can be induced in some individuals by simply looking at or thinking about food and it too can lead to increased consumption and possible weight gain."
The only way to reverse this condition is to eliminate carbohydrates from the diet, which will cause the body to gradually reduce the insulin secretion and eliminate the expectation of dietary glucose.