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Do artificial sweeteners cause weight gain?

It’s the holy grail of the food industry: a low-calorie, safe alternative to sugar that tastes just as good. With mounting concerns that sugar is fuelling the global obesity epidemic, the range of alternative sweeteners is growing. But, asks Sue Quinn, are sugar substitutes all sweetness and light – or do they come with a bitter aftertaste?



Sugar substitutes have been around for almost 140 years – saccharin was first produced in 1879 and used during World War II when the white stuff was in short supply. These days, we consume vast quantities of sweeteners. According to market research analysts Euromonitor, more than 2 million tonnes of ‘high intensity sweeteners’, as they’re sometimes known, were consumed in food and drink products in the UK in 2016. The European Food Information Council says sales of low-calorie soft drinks have increased 15-fold over the past 30 years and have become best sellers.

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The April issue of delicious. is here to take you on exciting taste adventures. Diana Henry recalls how her passion for French food was love at first bite, James Martin discovers cheesy meatballs in Texas and Ravinder Bhogal cooks exotic sweet and savoury recipes using caramel. Closer to home, Gill Meller puts pigeon back on the menu and Debbie Major flies the flag for the great British macaroon. Plus, Dan Doherty’s new roast chicken, easy midweek meals from your freezer and much, much more.