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In some cases, research shows they may be even worse for you than real sugar.
The conflicting headlines around low-calorie sweeteners could give you whiplash. While one study links them to belly fat, another finds "no evidence" tying them to higher body weights. The more you read about aspartame, stevia, sucralose, and all the other sugar substitutes that food manufacturers are pumping into the stuff we eat, the more muddled the health picture becomes.