New findings suggest that our taste buds have another hidden talent: identifying foods that don’t give us any energy at all. Scientists suspected this ability after research in mice showed that their taste buds could distinguish between sugar and calorie-free artificial sweeteners….webmd.com, Why Kids Might Reject Sugar-Free Halloween Candy, Lisa Rapaport  , 2021

To test this possibility in humans, scientists asked people to drink a series of clear beverages and identify whether they were plain water or sweetened. The goal was to compare how people responded to glucose — a natural caloric sweetener in fruits, honey, and table sugar — and sucralose, a calorie-free artificial sweetener.

 

 

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