Posts Tagged ‘artificial sweeteners’

Really? Germs Love Diet Soda?

April 7, 2018 — We’ll say it again. You don’t need a scientific reason to hate artificial sweeteners. It’s OK. But even so, people keep coming up with speculation, dressing it up with science, and making unfounded claims about the bad effects of sweeteners. Today, Moises Velasquez-Manoff is telling us in the New York Times that germs love diet soda. […]

Urban Legends Fueling the Decline of Diet Coke

January 21, 2018 — Diet Coke has an image problem. It starts with the fact that consumers now hate its first name – Diet. Adding to its woes are a whole series of urban legends that the brand just can’t shake. In a desperate effort for a fresh start, now we have a whole new look for Diet Coke – bright, […]

ConscienHealth’s Greatest Hits of 2017

December 18, 2017 — This has been a year like no other. As 2017 winds down, we’re grateful that more and more of you have been reading the mix of science and consumer insights we report and interpret here every day. So far this year, more than 90,000 users have spent time reading what we offer on the ConscienHealth […]

It’s OK to Hate Sweeteners, Just Don’t Wrap It in Science

July 22, 2017 — Nutrition has more than its share of hot button issues. But low-calorie sweeteners stir especially strong feelings and sensational headlines. This week, the Washington Post warns us that “diet drinks are associated with weight gain.” Reader’s Digest tells us to avoid them “at all costs.” America’s president figured this out years ago. I have never […]

Try Not to Have a Stroke About Sweeteners

April 21, 2017 — “That stuff can’t be good for you.” Diet soda is a fizzy elixir that people love to hate. And so this week, we have yet another round of studies and pseudo-scientific PR pitching “links” as evidence of cause and effect. The scare theme this week is artificial sweeteners will give you a stroke. The Study […]

Sweeteners and Food Terrorism 

August 15, 2016 — The annual meeting of the AADE offered much to like, but a scientific session on sweeteners belongs at the top of the list. Claudia Shwide-Slavin and Alan Barclay gave a concise tour of science and fiction about this sweet stuff that worries the Puritans among us. They had us from the start with a smart list of […]

Diet Soda Is Probably Not What’s Causing Childhood Obesity

May 11, 2016 — Diet soda is definitely not fashionable these days. Millennials regards it as “chemicals in a can” and opt instead for artisanal soda with real cane sugar. Fine. But does fashion, plus a an observational study, add up to a sound basis for recommending what to drink in pregnancy? A pair of publications in JAMA Pediatrics […]

The Persistent Mythology of Sweeteners

September 27, 2015 — The mythology of sweeteners seems impervious to facts. Once more, a systematic review of the available evidence — this one just published in the International Journal of Obesity — concludes that: The balance of evidence indicates that use of low energy sweeteners in place of sugar, in children and adults, leads to reduced energy intake and […]

Can’t See the Pink Elephant

September 14, 2015 — Hiding behind headlines about how diet sodas are linked to eating more junk food is a huge pink elephant that health reporters are ignoring. Though the notion of diet sodas being some sort of gateway to junk food had more zing, that same study found a five-fold bigger increase in daily calories linked to alcohol consumption. That’s […]

Don’t Feed High-Dose Saccharin to Your Mice

September 19, 2014 — We’re getting a series of headlines this week about  saccharin and other low-calorie sweeteners, declaring: “Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Can Raise Blood Sugar” “Artificial Sweeteners May Lead to Diabetes” “Artificial Sweeteners Could Cause Spikes in Blood Sugar” “Low-calorie Sweeteners Found in Diet Drinks RAISE the Risk of Obesity and Diabetes”  What is this ground-breaking research that has […]