Category Archives: Sweeteners

European version of FDA decides Aspartame is safe after all

[European Food Safety Agency press release]

“Aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure, EFSA concludes in its first full risk assessment of this sweetener. To carry out its risk assessment, EFSA has undertaken a rigorous review of all available scientific research on aspartame and its breakdown products, including both animal and human studies.”

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Food nanny Walter Willett: Sugar causes premature death

Walter… we eagerly await some scientific evidence for that claim. Continue reading

Coca-Cola launches ad campaign to defend the use of artificial sweeteners in Diet soda

The Daily Mail reports: Continue reading

Ron Bailey: Top 5 Bogus Public Health Scares

Reason’s Ron Bailey writes: Continue reading

Food nannies fail math in effort to blame obesity on high fructose corn syrup

The food nannies at Citizens for Health (And who are the Citizens Against Health) stated today: Continue reading

Food Police downgrade Splenda from ‘Safe’ to ‘Caution’

This is junk science because… Continue reading

‘Is diet soda making you sad? New study says yes’ — but there’s no actual study!

Just an Internet rumor. Continue reading

Study: Diet Drinks Won’t Boost Your Appetite

“Take another sip of that Diet Coke – a new study suggests diet soda drinkers don’t eat any more sugary or fatty foods than people who stick with water instead.” Continue reading

Study: Diet sodas cause diabetes

Diet soda drinkers are probably already at greater risk of diabetes — that’s why they’re drinking diet soda. Continue reading

Cutting down on sugar has a small but significant effect on body weight

To lose less than 2 pounds? Forget it. Continue reading

EU launches public consultation on sweetener aspartame

For those who aren’t happy with what EU regulators have to say… Continue reading

More epidemiology shenanigans

By Sandy Szwarc, BSN, RN, CCP

The media has been quick to report, verbatim from the press release, of a new study finding that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) could be contributing to a global epidemic of type two diabetes. Continue reading

Oops: Harvard affiliate apologizes for promotion of “weak” study

“A Harvard-affiliated hospital is backing away from its decision earlier this week to promote a paper linking the artificial sweetener aspartame and cancer, now saying the evidence was ‘weak.'” [Reuters]

Junk Science Week: Artificial science

Following New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s war on sugared beverages, news media seem to have sugar on the brain. An article in Tuesday’s New York Times ostensibly discusses the options involved in Choosing a Sugar Substitute. Unfortunately, the colourful feature does little to clarify the issue and far more to confuse its readers. Continue reading

NYTimes: Choosing a Sugar Substitute

From the Well Blog:

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Scott Dailey: Get Ready for the War on Sugar

“Excuse me, sir, could you buy me an Orange Crush?” “Sorry, kid. I could go to jail for that.” Continue reading

Fructose off the hook for overweight and obesity?

Dietary research is a fool’s errand — it’s too complex. Continue reading

WashTimes: Sugar police on the prowl

“Assault on sweeteners threatens freedom to choose.” Continue reading

Sugar should be regulated like alcohol, tobacco, commentary says

From nannying to Nazi-ing. Continue reading

Aspartame is ‘soda poison for your kids’?

“Aspartame is like playing with a loaded gun,” shrieks artificial sweetener-phobe Dr. Teresa Hill. Continue reading