Claim: By “confusing” our taste preferences, leading to altered taste perception and a preference for high-calorie ad sweet-tasting foods and beverages.
HUMAN CLINICAL TRIALS
|“CHOICE” RCT||Piernas et al, AJCN, 2013 (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/97/3/604)|
|Findings||The diet beverage group showed decreases in most caloric beverages and specifically reduced more desserts than the water group did.|
|Conclusion excerpt||“Our study does not provide evidence to suggest that a short-term consumption of diet beverages, compared with water, increases preferences for sweet foods and beverages.”|
|Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics EAL 2009, Reaffirmed JAND 2012 (http://bit.ly/1L6SRXx)|
|Question||In adults, does aspartame affect appetite or food intake?|
|“There is good evidence that aspartame does not affect appetite or food intake. “|
|Bellisle, Curr Obes Rep, 2015 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4438179/)|
|Overview||Reviewed specific effects of LCS use on appetite for sweet products; included observational studies, experimental laboratory studies, randomized controlled trials, and brain imaging studies. (38 studies included)|
|Conclusion excerpt||“Recent intervention studies in children and adults confirm that LCS use tends to reduce rather than increase the intake of sugar-containing foods and facilitate, rather than impair weight loss.”|
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