Researchers admit that more biological studies are needed in order to confirm definitively the effects of artificial sweeteners. However they, and we, are quick to confirm that these results do not mean that you should switch back to full sugary drinks. The director of the Nutrition Studies department of Stanford Prevention Research Centre, Christopher Gardner Ph.D. confirm that for people with diabetes or obesity, the switch from sugary drinks to artificially sweetened drinks can be tricky. But he urges people to remember that artificially sweetened drinks are not a health food.
Further evidence, supporting our case for a healthy diet, was found in a study reported in the Sydney Morning Herald in April. It was reported that a high consumption of sugary beverages was associated with patterned preclinical Alzheimer’s, including memory lapse and smaller brain volume. The remarkable thing with these results is that they were found in middle-aged participants. With the backing of a wealth of studies which have confirmed the negative side-effects of a high sugar diet, plus the results of the artificial sweetener study, all we can now do is implore you to partake in a whole food based diet. In the words of Mr Gardner, “the bottom line is, have more water and have less diet soda”.
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References: American Heart Association, (2017). A diet soda a day might affect dementia risk, study suggests. Retrieved from: http://news.heart.org/diet-soda-and-dementia-risk-study/ Shanker, D. (2017).
Artificial sweeteners linked to risk of Alzheimer’s and stroke, study says. Retrieved from: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/artificial-sweeteners-linked-to-risk-of-alzheimers-and-stroke-says-study-20170421-gvq56t.html