|New research at Weizmann is making waves this week – delivering some not-so-sweet information to people who use sugar substitutes like Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, and Splenda.
It’s all over the news.
Weizmann scientists Dr. Eran Elinav and Prof. Eran Segal showed that artificial sweeteners can actually cause dramatic increases in blood sugar and may even cause the very conditions they were presumed to prevent, including diabetes and obesity.
As soon as the research was published on Wednesday, news outlets all over the world were quick to pick it up. In less than one day, it became the most e-mailed story on The New York Times website and has appeared in other leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Economist.
The explosion in media coverage is no surprise, as obesity and metabolic disorders are now epidemics on a global scale, and weight is an issue that virtually everyone focuses on to at least some degree.
This research also adds new information to the controversial debate on the benefits vs. risks of artificial sweeteners, which may be in many products we consume.
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