That could become a common headline if the proposal suggested in a Feb. 2 Nature paper by University of California, San Francisco nutritionists ever gets taken seriously. A post by Wired Science’s Brandon Kein entitled “Sugar May Be Bad, But is the Alternative Worse?” weighs the pros and cons of refined white sugar vs. artificial sweeteners.
But to anyone looking to artificial sweeteners as an alternative, as pastel-packaged reassurances that regulators won’t ever need to pry donuts from their cold, dead and pudgy hands, science offers only more uncertainty. Some studies even suggest that fake sugar may cause the same problems as real sugar.
“That’s the $64,000 question,” said Susan Swithers of the Ingestive Behavior Research Center at Purdue University. “There are several epidemiological studies showing increased risk of metabolic syndrome in coincidence with the consumption of diet sodas” — a rich source of sweeteners. “But how they should be interpreted is not really clear right now. Because they’re correlational studies, they don’t tell us what caused what.”
“Sugar May Be Bad, But is the Alternative Worse?” – Wired Science
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