Posts Tagged ‘sweeteners’

Sweeteners: Different Effects in Different People?

August 23, 2022 — To start an impassioned discussion on nutrition is easy. Bring up non-nutritive sweeteners. Some people see them as a plague in the food supply. Others insist upon evidence to back up such dire claims and can see only fragments propping up presumptions about harms that are yet to be documented. But once again, a study […]

Sweeteners, Rats, and Babies

January 25, 2022 — Some people really don’t like low calorie sweeteners. So once again we have a wave of fear-mongering headlines. This time, they’re suggesting that pregnant women who consume these sweeteners may harm their babies. The proposed harm is a change in the baby’s microbiome and a higher risk of obesity. The evidence? A study of rats […]

Meatless Meat, Milkless Milk, and Sugarless Sugar

July 18, 2021 — What is the meaning of this? Two trends in food are on a collision course. On one hand, faith is strong in the idea that minimally processed and whole natural foods are best. But at the same time, food substitutes are rising like rockets. Sales are soaring for meatless meat. Milkless milk is a 2.2 […]

Artificial Sweeteners: Too Much Sweetness and Light?

January 13, 2020 — Is there such a thing as too much sweetness and light? This is a question that bugs people who just don’t trust artificial sweeteners. Thus, a new study in Nutrients will add fuel to their fires of suspicion. Researchers led by Alexander Nichol conducted a small, randomized crossover study of sucralose (Splenda®) and its effect […]

Sweetness and Light, Bias and Fear

June 4, 2019 — Canada’s latest dietary guidelines make it clear. Cut the sugar. Avoid any other sweeteners. Water should be what you’re drinking. And also, enjoy your food. Dietary guideline writers don’t have much of a taste for sweetness these days. But humans do. How shall we cope? The Rising Bias Against Sweeteners The prevailing bias holds that […]

Has Coke Breathed New Life into Diet Soda?

November 5, 2017 — The Washington Post wants to tell us “How Coca-Cola got Americans to drink diet soda again.” That’s an interesting spin, but it’s not clear yet that rebranding Coke Zero into Coke Zero Sugar has done all of that. What is clear is that the relaunch is clever and it’s doing well for this particular brand. […]

Low Fact Reporting on Sweeteners

November 29, 2016 — Is factual reporting on sweeteners no longer a possibility? A sampling of recent headlines raises that question. Here are a few: How Sugar Substitutes Prevent Weight Loss Which Is Worse: Artificial Sweeteners or Sugar? Why Researchers Think Aspartame Is Making You Fat Low Calorie Drinks Actually Boost Weight The cause for these headlines was a […]

Eradicating Sweetened Beverages

May 4, 2015 — A pretty solid consensus seems to exist around the notion of reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Consumers are cutting back on drinking them. Even beverage makers are finding ways to formulate, package, and promote their products to reduce the amount of sugar people are drinking. But no such consensus seems to exist on the ultimate […]

E-Cigarettes & Sweeteners: Who Needs Facts?

August 10, 2014 — Who needs facts when you know it’s wrong? Though e-cigarettes and low-calorie sweeteners are very different, the angst that they both cause for some health advocates is very similar. Both of them are objectively less harmful than alternatives that might be considered a vice. And both of them are routinely criticized as harmful, despite a […]

No-Calorie Sweeteners: Good, Bad, or Biased?

October 2, 2013 — No-calorie sweeteners are like magnets for controversy. When the Journal of Physiology recently published a mouse study of brain responses to no-calorie sweeteners, the health press was ready with headlines that ranged from: Your Brain Isn’t Fooled by Artificial Sweeteners to Artificial Sweeteners Actually Lead to Piling on the Pounds and Artificial Sweeteners Are Turning […]