“Artificial sweeteners are very sweet substances that generally come from a plant or sugar itself,” says Kate Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic dietitian. “They are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and deemed safe for use.”
Zeratsky says, for some, these food additives are an attractive alternative to sugar. “For instance, people with diabetes can use them to enjoy a sweet treat while still controlling blood glucose levels.” And people trying to lose weight can satisfy a craving without adding as many calories.
However, studies have shown artificial sweeteners can leave you feeling hungry. A recent study indicates it may be because the way your brain connects sweetness and calories.
In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Zeratsky speaks with reporter Jeff Olsen about both sides of the artificial sweetener story.
Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0:59) is in the downloads. Read the script.