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Duke Medicine: The sweet 'n low down on artificial sweeteners

Posted May 16, 2011 8:00 p.m. EDT

Little blue, yellow, and pink packets on the table -- which one should you choose?

Artificial sweeteners can help reduce caloric intake by providing a high level of sweetness with few to no calories.

But many people have questions about whether artificial sweeteners are safe, whether they truly help with weight loss, or even if these artificial “foods” can contribute to overeating. Which little packet should a health-conscious consumer choose?

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