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"Danger to health in just one bottle of diet drink each day"

The Daily Express and Daily Mail on 11th July 2013 reported on an opinion piece by Susan Swithers published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism that sweetners used in diet fizzy drinks are as harmful as sugar and just one bottle a day could increase your risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Sue Baic, British Dietetic Association, responds:

“In fact, contrary to the headline “Danger to health in just one bottle of diet drink each day”, the vast body of research shows that artificial sweeteners on the market in the UK are effective, safe and helpful for people trying to lose weight as well as those with diabetes. This research has been thoroughly reviewed by an independent body, the European Food Safety Authority and shows they can be approved as safe for human use in foods in the minute amounts used to sweeten drinks.

"Sweeteners are not a magic bullet for weight loss on their own but can help reduce the daily calorie intake especially in people who regularly consume sugar sweetened fizzy drinks.”

Document type: For The Record

Published: 12 July 2013


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