More "Evidence" of the Pitfalls of Artificial Sugar

The Face of Evil?
[Rant] A new piece of research has surfaced that once again paints zero calorie sweeteners poorly. First of all I’m not some form of Splenda addict, as a matter of fact I rarely consume it. However, it has zero calories and I happen to enjoy it when I feel the need for something sweet. I’ve covered the effects of artificial sugars on bodyvfat here.
This study concluded that: ‘Daily diet soft drink consumption is associated with several vascular risk factors.’ This study has been somehow carrying weight in the mainstream media. This is unfortunate.
Let’s have a look at a few of the holes found in this study. First of all they used a dietary recall method to track diet. This method sucks, plain and simple. People are awful at recalling what they eat. Since men and women have been known to underestimate their caloric intake anywhere between 11-13% using the 24-hour recall method, you can assume that the figures for caloric intake are off. That’s a big hole. If you can’t even properly record what your participants are consuming on a daily basis, how do you know what they are leaving out?
The other issue with this study is that they don’t tell you all the other foods and drinks the participants are consuming. For instance, let’s say someone has some vascular risk factors and they consume diet pop on a regular basis. Let’s breakdown what this person might be consuming on a daily basis:
Meal 1 – McDonalds egg mcMuffin and hashbrowns. Coffee with sugar and cream
Snack – diet coke and muffin
Meal 2 – diet coke, donut, footlong meatball Subway sandwich.
Snack – diet coke and mixed nuts
Meal 3 – diet coke, some wine, salmon fillet with mashed potatoes and salad, a slice of pie with ice cream
Now let me ask you if you think it’s the zero calorie beverage they are consuming multiple times per day or the tremendous amounts of processed foods they are eating that is causing their health issues. What this study is basically saying to me is that if you took just the diet coke out, their health would improve. So now their daily eating would look like this:
Meal 1 – McDonalds egg mcMuffin and hashbrowns. Coffee with sugar and cream
Snack – muffin
Meal 2 – donut, footlong meatball Subway sandwich.
Snack – mixed nuts
Meal 3 – some wine, salmon fillet with mashed potatoes and salad, a slice of pie with ice cream
The deletion of the zero calorie beverage will not make a difference!
Along the same lines, just because someone consumes diet pop doesn’t make them un healthy. Are they getting a diet coke with their supersized McDonalds meal, or are they enjoying a diet coke with their chicken and salad? You can easily see the dichotomy between these two diets.
To conclude, there is no reason to worry about consuming artificially sweetened drinks every now and then. You won’t swell up into a blob, and you won’t drop dead because you just had a Fresca… [/Rant]

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