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Last updated on April 19, 2014 at 9:20 EDT

New research shows that carbonation in soft drinks decreases the neural processing of sweetness—especially from sucrose—making it difficult for the brain to determine the difference between sugar and artificial sweeteners. Researchers said this could be good for weight loss as it promotes the consumption of lower calorie drinks rather than the sugary, high-calorie ones. But as with everything that sounds too good to be true, there’s a downside. The combo of sugar and sweetness can lead to more sugar and food consumption and its vicious cycle that is linked to obesity and metabolic diseases.

[ Read the Article: The Brain’s Perception Of Sweetness Altered By Carbonation ]