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Splenda can help you lose weight

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For years, science has been split on whether low or no-calorie sweeteners like Splenda, Equal, or Stevia are actually helping or hindering dropping fat. Sub them in for sugary drinks and you definitely create a calorie deficit—the crux of weight loss. 

But other experts believe the perception of sweetness with no real nutritional value could send your metabolism and your cravings haywire, which can actually cause you to put on the pounds. 

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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.