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Low-Cal Sweeteners: Trick Or Treat?

By Kellie Heywood

Are low-cal sweeteners an effective way of eating your cake and staying slim too? A review of studies suggests that it depends on how you use them.

For people with a sweet tooth the prospect of reducing food intake and forgoing their favourite sugar fixes can be daunting indeed. The option of low-cal sweeteners potentially offers a solution but some researchers have argued that uncoupling sweetness from calories may actually be counterproductive, boosting our appetites for sweet foods and, overall, promoting overeating and weight gain.

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