Monday, October 24, 2016

Caution for artificial sweeteners, especially for children

More and more artificial sweeteners are used in our food with approval from the FDA. The consumer believes this will help with weight loss, but that’s not the case.

“The food industry responds to the consumer demand, and increasingly replaces sugar with artificial sweeteners in order to provide tasty goods with lower sugar content. Most consumers expect that weight loss will result from switching to artificial sweeteners (because they contain no or fewer calories), but paradoxically the opposite may happen.”

A very small study showed children have much more of these artificial sweeteners in their systems than adults. Infants are ingesting it through breast milk and their systems may not be able to process it, plus it may influence their preferences for sweetness when they are older.

Unfortunately, this article does not cite the proper source, but says the research is in Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry, and year is not given.

1 comment:

AmeriBev said...

A substantial body of research, including human clinical trials, supports that diet beverages that contain low- and no-calorie sweeteners are, in fact, safe. Based on this evidence, regulatory agencies around the globe approve these products. Furthermore, contrary to the claim here, research establishes that diet soft drinks can be an effective tool as part of an overall weight loss and weight management plan. In fact, the CHOICE study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in January of 2013 confirms that diet beverages can be an important tool in helping reduce calories. Let’s keep the big picture in perspective – and the vast body of research – which shows that consumers can have every confidence in enjoying diet beverages.