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We’re often told that we should limit our intake of sugary foods to maintain good health and lose weight. This has led to a surge in popularity for artificial sweeteners (also known as sugar substitutes).
Using artificial sweeteners is one way to reduce our sugar intake and lower our risk of dental decay. They also don’t affect blood sugar levels. However, it’s unclear as to whether artificial sweeteners have any health benefits.
Some studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners could be linked to health problems. There are also concerns that they reinforce the sweet taste, which might lead to cravings. This guide looks at the latest science behind artificial sweeteners.
What are artificial sweeteners?
Artificial sweeteners are chemicals that are