No proof that sugar-free soft drinks are healthier, argues review,

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No proof that sugar-free soft drinks are healthier,
argues review, “Soft drinks made with artificial sweeteners,
such as diet colas, do not help people lose weight and may be as big a part of the obesity
problem as the full-sugar versions,” The Guardian reports. While the headline may sound definitive, this
was the conclusion of an opinion piece (or narrative review), not evidence based on new
research. The big food and drink manufactures have responded
to increasing concerns about the impact of sugar-sweetened beverages on health, such
as increasing rates of tooth decay and type 2 diabetes, by promoting artificially sweetened
drinks as a healthy alternative. However, recent evidence suggests these may
not actually be a better option, and this review wanted to look into this further. The review argues that artificially sweetened
drinks are just as bad as sugar sweetened drinks and says that the national dietary
guidance shouldn’t recommend consumption of artificially sweetened drinks as an alternative. The review concludes there is an “absence
of consistent evidence” that artificially sweetened drinks can improve health outcomes
such as helping people achieve a healthy body weight. But absence of evidence is not the same as
evidence of absence. Due to the unsystematic nature of the review
we can’t be sure all relevant evidence was considered. thanks for watching. please subscribe my channel.

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