Sweets on the brain

Sugar-free sweeteners fool the body’s internal computer

By Stephen Ornes, 15:06 PM June 28, 2012

Diet soft drinks usually have no sugar, but that doesn’t mean they’re not sweet. These beverages often contain ingredients that mimic sugar’s sweetness without the big calorie count. In a new study, psychologists from San Diego report that the sugar-free sweeteners confuse not only taste buds but also the brain.

Previous studies have found a surprising connection between gaining weight and drinking diet soda, and the new study may help explain why. The brains of people who regularly drink...

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