Harvard Heart Letter

Artificial sweeteners: No help, possible harm?

Research we’re watching Close to a third of Americans say they use artificial sweeteners on a daily basis. Popular examples include aspartame (Equal, Nutra­Sweet), sucralose (Splenda), and stevia (Truvia, Pure Via). They’re all available in packets and are also added to soda, yogurt, and other foods. But do these sugar substitutes actually help you lose weight? New research suggests they do not. In fact, these zero-calorie additives may have the opposite effect …

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