Keri Peterson, MD: The Myth of Low Calorie...

Dr. Keri Peterson Medical Advisor to the Calorie Control Council  Have you ever been told that low-calorie sweetened foods or drinks will make you crave sugar even more?  This myth has been perpetuated on blogs and talk shows all over the media.  The thought behind this belief is that if...

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Myth or Fact: Metabolic Syndrome.

MYTH: Low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame, promote Metabolic Syndrome, glucose intolerance, and increased risk of diabetes. FACT: Aspartame has no effect on blood sugar levels; it has been declared safe for people with diabetes.   [su_table] Human Clinical Trials  Maersk et al, AJCN, 2012 (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/95/2/283.full.pdf+html) Overview 6-month intervention, (RCT), n=47...

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Myth or Fact? Decrease satiety.

MYTH: Low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame, increase desire for sweets, promote hunger, and decrease satiety. Claim: By “confusing” our taste preferences, leading to altered taste perception and a preference for high-calorie ad sweet-tasting foods and beverages. FACT: Studies on humans (as opposed to rats) show that including low-calorie sweeteners like...

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Myth of Fact? Weight Gain.

Myth: Low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame, cause weight gain. FACT: Trial after trial consistently demonstrates that substituting aspartame and other low cal sweeteners for caloric sweeteners are associated with modest weight loss.   [su_table] HUMAN CLINICAL TRIALS -- Modest weight loss with substitution of diet products/beverages Blackburn et al, AJCN,...

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Debunking Diet Soda Myths

For over 60 years, consumers have enjoyed sugar-free sodas that provide sweet and fizzy refreshment without the calories of the regular kind. From the early days of Diet Rite Cola and TaB sweetened with cyclamate and saccharin, to the modern day with diet sodas being sweetened with aspartame, the soda...

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Myth or Fact? Weight Gain.

Q: Low-calorie sweeteners actually cause weight gain by increasing sugar cravings - myth or fact?   A: Myth. A number of studies over the years have determined that low-calorie sweeteners do not increase appetite, food intake or weight gain. In fact, the vast majority of scientific literature confirms the safety...

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