ATLANTA (February 2, 2013) — The article “Consumption of artificially and sugar-sweetened beverages and incident type 2 diabetes in the Etude Epidémiologique auprès des femmes de la Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale–European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition cohort” is speculative and the results are not supported by robust clinical trials and laboratory studies. This new study does not prove that drinking diet beverages leads to diabetes; moreover, it is a study of only associations – no actual clinical testing was conducted. It is physiologically impossible for low-calorie sweeteners to cause diabetes.
The Calorie Control Council sites the following limitation:
Low-calorie sweeteners are some of the most thoroughly studied food ingredients in the food supply. The safety of low-calorie sweeteners has been reaffirmed time and again by leading health and regulatory groups worldwide. Further, leading health groups such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and American Diabetes Association support the safe use of low-calorie sweeteners.16-17 For more information about low-calorie sweeteners, visit: caloriecontrol.org.