From Endocrine Today, reference is made to how non-nutritive sweeteners, or those that are artificial, pose less risk to your health with regard to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as stated by Mark Pereira, PhD, of the University of Minnesota department of Food and Nutrition. At Obesity Week 2013, Dr. Pereira presented on non-nutritive sweeteners and made several key statements:
- · They’ve been studied for decades and we’re now looking at them in a different light, but I still don’t see the harm.
- · We definitely do not have good scientific support to recommend people steer clear from diet beverages.
- · Unlike sugar-sweetened beverages, which in the literature seem to be consistently associated with Type 2 diabetes, the diet beverages are not.
When speaking to some studies where diet beverages may show an increased risk for harm, he states there may be a reverse causality, meaning that people already at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease are more likely to drink diet beverages and then progress further in their diseases.
He also states there is soon to be published data which show sugar-sweetened beverages are more likely to be associated with visceral fat, the kind of fat that is more harmful to the body, being associated with insulin resistance and heart disease. He also states this research will show that diet-beverages are more associated with subcutaneous fat, not linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
In conclusion, there is lacking evidence to support the negative view on non-nutritive sweeteners as compared to sugar-based sweeteners.