'Empty Pleasures' on Serious Eats

Serious Reads: Empty Pleasures, by Carolyn de la Pena

I have been drinking and eating artificial sweeteners for some time, and often with nagging guilt. I know it's a chemical, but putting Equal in my coffee became a habit. Sure, it has a long ingredient list, but sometimes I just need the caffeine kick from a Diet Coke. So when I saw that professor Carolyn de la Pena was releasing a new book on the substance, entitled Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners From Saccharin to Splenda, I had to see if I was really harming my body by consuming these guilt-free sweets. More

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