Pam Hamburg April 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm
What about alcohol? It's just a legal drug, after all. Of course, Prohibition didn't work.Read More Ultimately, this won't either.
Maureen Beach April 9, 2014 at 08:49 am
The recommendations cited here advising people not to consume specific low-calorie sweeteners, suchRead More as aspartame, are not at all backed by the body of science. The reality is low- and no-calorie sweeteners have been extensively tested over decades and proven safe time and again. For example, the European Food Safety Authority recently reconfirmed that aspartame is absolutely safe for general consumption. Moreover, research has repeatedly debunked the myth that diet sodas actually contribute to weight gain by “tricking” the body into thinking it’s hungry, including this finding in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/97/3/604. And, a randomized clinical trial found that those who consumed diet beverages in place of caloric ones took in fewer calories than other control groups, including those who consumed only water. The same trial also showed that the consumption of diet beverages does not enhance preference for sweet foods and beverages. Based on this intense scrutiny and the significant scientific evidence supporting the safety of low-calorie sweeteners, regulatory agencies and leading health organizations approve their consumption. This is good news, of course, for the many Americans who use these sweeteners to curb calories in order to manage a healthy weight. In other words, consumers should have complete confidence in enjoying products containing these ingredients. -Maureen Beach, American Beverage Association
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