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Good News: Artificial Sweeteners Are Gaining Bad Press

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Soda and other sweetened beverages have been pinpointed as some of the primary culprits in the obesity epidemic.

Recent research also suggests that regular soda consumption may increase aggressive behavior in young children. The study found that each incremental increase in daily soft drink servings resulted in a corresponding rise in aggression scores.

In an obvious effort to save the beverage industry, companies like Coca-Cola have rolled out glossy ads touting the myth that you simply need to exercise more to burn off the extra calories. This "conventional wisdom" has been firmly debunked by science. Not all calories count equally...

Coca-Cola has also resorted to fake "infomercials" that look like public service announcements touting the "scientifically proven" safety and benefits of aspartame for those struggling with their weight.    

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