Diet vs. Regular

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Using fMRI scans, researchers find that carbonation affects how the brain processes sweetness.

    New research shows that carbonation in soft drinks decreases the neural processing of sweetness—especially from sucrose—making it difficult for the brain to determine the difference between sugar and artificial sweeteners.  Researchers said this could be good for weight loss as it promotes the consumption of lower calorie drinks rather than the sugary, high-calorie ones.  But as with everything that sounds too good to be true, there’s a downside.  The combo of sugar and sweetness can lead to more sugar andfood consumption and it’s vicious cycle that’s linked to obesity and metabolic diseases.