Episode 39: Artificial Sweeteners

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There’s no doubt at this point that eating foods high in sugar can lead to diabetes and heart conditions. Because of this, the market for sugar substitutes has been a highly valuable industry. Honestly though, are these substitutes healthy? Are we consuming something worse in an effort simply to keep us from becoming overweight or developing these or other diseases or are these concerns mere hokum and Tom foolery? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as they discuss not just the health benefits and risks of artificial sweeteners, but also, hokum and Tom foolery.


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Lenoir, M., et. al.; Intense Sweetness Surpasses Cocaine Reward. PLoS One. 01-Aug-2007. 2:8. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0000698

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