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Everything you never wanted to know about artificial sweeteners

Your diet soda might just be worse than a regular one.
artificial sweetener sugar packets

Everyone organizes their sugar packets, right?

There are a lot of myths about artificial sweeteners. The main one is that they’re actually better for you than regular sugar. Low-calorie sweeteners have been around for decades now, and we’re finally at a point where we’ve studied them enough to understand roughly how they work and what effect they have on our bodies.

Despite how long we’ve had diet versions of our favorite soft drinks, though, plenty of people still aren’t clear on the facts. Misunderstandings left over from the early days are still widespread. For example…

Erm… is that whole cancer thing true?

Let’s get this one out of the way. While it is true that some rodent studies. You’d have to regularly consume astronomical doses of the stuff. On the other hand, we do know that obesity is a major risk factor for many kinds of cancer, so maybe focus on that instead of sucralose.

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