artificial sweetener

If you just read the headlines, you'd immediately run to your pantry (or wherever you keep soft drink) and pour all your diet sodas down the sink. After all, they increase your risk of stroke and who knows what else, according to a new study just published in Stroke! But before you pop the top on those cans, please read this — that new study has nothing to say about a causal connection between diet drinks and cardiovascular ailments, and there are at least a couple of good reasons why I can say this.

First, this is an observational study, the weakest type. The investigators (the senior authors of the report were Drs Sudha Seshadri and Paul. F. Jacques of the...

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 12.01.30 PMGo ahead. Tell me you didn't already think of this image. Irony is a beautiful thing. But irony that causes multiple neurons to fire in people who have a tenuous grasp on reality is far better.

Artificial sweeteners have been accused of causing everything from cancer to autism to the Hindenburg disaster. "Crazy Joe" Mercola has referred to aspartame, perhaps the least toxic chemical you will ever find, as "By Far...

Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.26.24 PMSome junk science studies can be difficult to detect. Some, however, require no effort at all. Here we have one shining example of the latter not that you could tell from all the media hype surrounding this nonsense.

The new Nature article, claiming that artificial sweeteners might contribute to obesity, seemed to be so chemically naive, that ACSH s Dr. Josh Bloom, after a brief perusal of the authors and their...

Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 2.23.04 PMAlong with BPA, DDT, and PCBs, Aspartame has been the focus of fear-mongers for decades. Anything that can go wrong with the human body from cancer to lupus to brain tumors and multiple sclerosis has been blamed on this innocuous artificial sweetener. And the internet, of course, has been the medium for many of these false claims. But now, the internet is also providing some redress in the form of a well-written essay...

In the no news is no news department, one of the most studied chemicals ever - Aspartame, NutraSweet - has gotten a clean bill of health from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It s about time. But will it matter?

Since its discovery in 1965 and FDA approval in 1981, the artificial sweetener has undergone such rigorous scrutiny that one would think soft drink companies were trying to put plutonium in their drinks.

It has also been the poster child for conspiracy theories and phony scares, many of which have been the product of consumer groups, radical environmental groups and various other fringe conspiracy theorists.

Speaking of which, ACSH s Dr....


Here is a list of a few things that simply won t go away:

Politicians lying

Budget deficits

The Cubs not winning the pennant

Myths about aspartame (NutraSweet)

Unfortunately for the Coca-Cola company, they find themselves defending one of the safest and most widely used chemicals you will ever find the artificial sweetener...

ACSH's new series where experts debunk the junkiest health and science studies making news. This segment features Dr. Gilbert Ross and Dr. Josh Bloom talking about GMOs and artificially-sweetened beverages

Foods and beverages containing sugar substitutes are widely used in the United States and other countries; they offer attractive dietary options for people who are trying to limit calorie intake and/or reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Extensive scientific research supports the safety of the five low-calorie sugar substitutes currently approved for use in foods and beverages in the U.S. acesulfame-K, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, and sucralose.

This report by the American Council on Science and Health summarizes the scientific facts about the safety of sugar substitutes.