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In an effort to lose weight or at least cut down on calories, many people look for foods made with artificial sweeteners. How much do you know about these common additives?

1 Artificial sweeteners are chemicals that offer the sweetness of sugar without the calories.

True or false?

2 According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no scientific evidence that any artificial sweeteners approved for use in the United States cause cancer.

True or false?

3 Aspartame isn't safe for people who have the rare hereditary disease phenylketonuria (PKU).

True or false?

4 Products that contain aspartame must carry a PKU warning on the label.

True or false?

5 Baked goods made with artificial sweeteners are lower in calories than the same products made with regular sugar.

True of false?

6 For people with diabetes, some foods containing artificial sweeteners can still raise blood sugar.

True or false?

7 Some foods labeled sugar-free may contain sweeteners such as sorbitol or mannitol, which contain calories and can affect the blood sugar levels of diabetics.

True or false?

-- Gwen Schoen, Bee food writer

Source: Mayo Clinic Food and Nutrition Center

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