The Search for the Perfect Sugar Substitute

 – February 22, 2015  –– 

There are reasons we like sugar so much. One of them is that our ancestors evolved in an environment where they had to forage for food. “The foods that are sweet tend to be safe,” says Nicole Avena, PhD, a researcher at Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital in New York who studies the effects of sugar on the brain. “Fruit that’s ripe and is good to eat tastes sweet. Fruit that’s rotten and could potentially kill you will not.”

- Nicole Avena, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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