Monday, February 11, 2008
Research released Sunday reported that rats on diets containing saccharin gained more weight than rats given sugary food.
In the experiment, funded by the National Institutes of Health and by Purdue, nine rats received yogurt sweetened with saccharin and eight rats received yogurt sweetened with glucose, which is close in composition to table sugar. After receiving their yogurt snack, the animals were given their usual chow.
At the end of five weeks, rats that had been fed sugar-free yogurt gained an average of 88 grams, compared with 72 grams for rats that dined on glucose-sweetened yogurt, a difference of about 20%. Rats fed sugar-free yogurt were consuming more calories and had 5% more body fat.
I have one more important reason to avoid artificial sweeteners: They taste like ass, and definitely not in a good way.
Posted by Joe at 13:37