How Sweet it is

In Diet and Weight, Food and Health on October 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

I got an email from @DrVal the other day.  She has been picked to be the National Nutrition Coach for the Boys and Girls Clubs Fit Family Challenge – quite an honor.  She’ll be coaching 5 families who are competing to make the biggest turnaround in their health.

I come into this story because she has decided to use my book Food Truths, Food Lies as her curriculum for the program.   Because the corporate sponsor of the Fit Families Challenge is Coke (gah), Dr Val and I were joking about how my book might be taken.  I only dedicate a chapter each to the evils of Coke, juice (they own MinuteMaid) and artificial sweeteners (Diet Coke is the second biggest selling soft drink in America.)

We settled on her recommending Dasani water, also a Coke brand.  Dr. Val wanted to push back on me about my stance on artificial sweeteners.  We sent a few emails back and forth over the weekend, me trying to keep up with her brain (wow, can she dissect a scientific study!)

As I reviewed the information I used to form my opinion as I wrote Food Truths, I was struck by how divided and unreliable the studies seem to be.

Most of the studies were sponsored by NutraSweet or another company directly linked to diet drinks.  Surprise, surprise, those studies all say how safe aspartame is for you, your kids, your baby, you name it.  The other large group of studies (though still in the minority) were sponsored by The Sugar Council or some such lobbyist group intent on going back to the good old days before NutraSweet.

Again, to my shock and amazement (sarcasm alert), these studies seem to show how bad aspartame is.  Unfortunately, the few studies not funded by either of these biased groups are so small they are hard to put much stock in.  What’s a guy (or girl) to do?

Stay tuned for part 2…

  1. […] I published a post about artificial sweeteners, inspired by the curious scientific mind of Dr. Val.  I left off at a point of confusion, hanging […]

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