Why Artificial Sweeteners Can Increase Appetite

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Resource ID#: 162660 Primary Type: Text Resource


General Information

Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: sugar, sucralose, artificial sweetner, obesity, weight loss, calories, brain, informational text, text complexity
Instructional Component Type(s): Text Resource
Resource Collection: STEM Reading Resources

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Lesson Plan

Artificially Sweetened Foods and Drinks Can't Fool Your Brain:

In this lesson, students will study an informational text that describes how researchers at the University of Sydney have discovered a correlation between artificial sweeteners, like sucralose, and an increased appetite. There are estimates that over 4,000 types of food contain sucralose. Billions of people around the world consume artificial sweeteners in hopes of losing weight, and until this study, little has been known about how these sweeteners affected the brain. This lesson is designed to support reading in the content area; it includes a note-taking guide, text-dependent questions, a writing prompt, answer keys, and a writing rubric.

Type: Lesson Plan