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Sweeteners: Time to rethink your choices?

February 22, 2019

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. … See Full Bio
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March 7, 2019

Three statements in the interpretation of The BMJ review leap out:
“…confidence in the reported results is limited.”
“So far, several studies on the effects of NSSs on different health outcomes have been conducted. However, their methodological or reporting quality is mostly limited and often not sufficiently detailed to include their results in meta-analyses.”
“Most of the studies identified for this review used single sweeteners and the use patterns of sweeteners in the studies might differ from that in real life practice.”
Also, stevia should not be thrown in with artificial NSS. Just saying. Cheers.

Joan Hill
March 4, 2019

What websites are there to find out whether the website is on the up and up?
We are looking for hearing aids.

jon jennings
March 4, 2019

As a society do we always need to be in such a rush that we need manufactured food? Does it make sense to use artificial sweetener when raw sugars or lightly processed sugars actually provide some nutrition. Blackstrap molasses, honey, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar actually contribute to our well being, rather than just contribute to our cravings.

David L.
February 22, 2019

You forgot to mention three things.

1. Self selection. People who take the effort to use low calorie sweeteners are people who need to, and thus have a different health conditions. Or are dieters who are failing (pretty much everyone who diets fails).

2. Teeth. Sugar is horrifically bad for teeth, and really shouldn’t be put in drinks at all, ever.

3. Funding. The recent increase in articles attacking low-cal sweeteners reeks of a sugar industry attack

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