News Roundup: Ditch the Diet Soda?

Discourse on diet soda has raged for years, with arguments both for and against artificial sweeteners. In 2014, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association gave their stamp of approval to artificial sweeteners; however, this week’s news roundup looks at new evidence that diet sodas, and the artificial sweeteners therein, may not be as good for you as we once thought.

Nonnutritive sweeteners and cardiometabolic health. Canadian Medical Association Journal. “Evidence from RCTs does not clearly support the intended benefits of nonnutritive sweeteners for weight management, and observational data suggest that routine intake of nonnutritive sweeteners may be associated with increased BMI and cardiometabolic risk.”

Artificial sweeteners may actually cause you to gain weight. Healthline. “Sugar is receiving a lot of attention lately as a major cause of these conditions. It’s important to study ‘sugar substitutes’ in parallel, to understand their impact on the same conditions. If we don’t do this, consumers may (understandably) assume that artificial sweeteners are a healthy choice — but this may not be true. Reducing consumption of sugar and artificially sweetened products in general is likely a good strategy.”

Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain, finds new research. Independent. “[C]aution is warranted until the long-term health effects of artificial sweeteners are fully characterized.”

Diet drinks are associated with weight gain, new research suggests. Washington Post. “The causality could go in the other direction, too — people who are gaining weight for other reasons may seek out more artificially sweetened foods. Or, as other research has shown, people who go on diets (and who may be more likely to drink diet sodas) often lose weight but then gain more afterward.”

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