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16 Common Myths About Obesity That Need to Go Away

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Myth No. 16. Sugar-free foods are better for a healthy diet

Sugar-free foods are marketed as a healthier option. But they are often loaded with artificial sweeteners, which are much sweeter than sugar, to make up for the lost taste. Diet soda, for example, is linked to a possible host of issues, including increased calorie intake overall, dementia, kidney problems, and Type 2 diabetes. Some research has shown that artificial sweeteners may induce sugar cravings, alter metabolism, and result in weight gain.

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