Are artificial sweeteners bad for my kids?

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CNN reported on a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that finds sharp increases in the consumption of artificial sweeteners, particularly among kids. This is somewhat concerning, CNN wrote, because researchers disagree about the role artificial sweeteners play in weight and appetite.

The article cited a recent study published in PLoS Medicine that found a dearth of evidence that artificial sweeteners prevent obesity. There is also some evidence that they may even contribute to obesity, but it's still unclear. You may want t...