Fat Rats! A recent study conducted in Brazil showed that rodents fed yogurt with aspartame or saccharin gained more weight than their brothers that ate the same amount of yogurt, but sweetened with sugar. The study was published in Appetite magazine
The sample set was small, only 29 rats, but the implications are huge. It has already been speculated that zero calorie sweeteners do not contribute to weight loss. Now comes the proof.
Why did the rats on artificial sweeteners gain more weight?
The researchers speculate that a decrease in energy expenditure or increase in fluid retention might be involved.
Our take: Another reason to stay away from diet soft drinks.