September 15th, 2010
Did you know that the artificial sweeteners found in “light” yogurt, frozen ice cream, diet soda, some sports drinks, and sugar-free chewing gum are “between 200 and 600 times per part sweeter than table sugar?”
Carolyn de la Pena, a professor at the University of California and author of Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharine to Splenda, tells Robert Siegel of NPR, that artificial sweeteners “fundamentally transforms our experience of sweet,“ which increases our desire for more and may lead to weight gain, which is exactly what most people who eat “diet,” “light,” and “sugar-free” products don’t want.
Read the transcript or listen to the podcast of The ‘Empty Pleasures’ of Artificial Sweeteners
To learn more about sugar, and artificial sweeteners, Go To: 50 Names for Sugar You May Not Know and What Everybody Ought to Know About Artificial Sweeteners
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