Drink more Diet Coke: science says real sugar is more dangerous than artificial sweeteners
Aaron E. Carroll, a pediatrics professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine, argues today in the New York Times that the fears around artificial sweeteners are unfounded, and are outpaced by the known dangers of consuming excess amounts of real sugar.
The real problem for public health is added sugars. These are the sugars added to soda and other drinks, not those sugars naturally occurring in fruit and other food.
A study following people for an average of more than 14 years published last year in JAMA Internal Medicine found that those in the highest quintile of added sugar consumption had more than twice the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than those in the lowest quintile, even after controlling for many other factors.
The accompanying editorial noted that the increased risk of death began once a person consumed the equivalent of one 20-ounce Mountain Dew in a 2,000-calorie diet, and reached more than a fourfold increase if people consumed more than one-third of their diet in added sugars.
Read the rest of the piece over at the New York Times.
FACTS ABOUT SUGAR AND SUGARY DRINKS:
Due to public health campaigns, American children are drinking 25% less soda than they did in the late 90s.
In 2013, New York City limited the size of sodas sold in restaurants and theaters. In 2014, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the ban exceeded the city's scope of authority.