I ask these questions because a recent article published in the journal Nature focused on research using these unrealistic scenarios, among others. As I’ve said before, I’m no expert on research, but I like to think of myself as a critical thinker. The methods these researchers used during their study just don’t seem to make much sense if you’re wanting to evaluate the effects of common low calorie sweeteners consumed by humans.The Calorie Control Council does a good job of explaining what’s wrong with the research in that study here. This summary breaks down the research in an even simpler way. And besides all that, the research contradicts established studies from respected groups like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association.
Debra R Judelson, MD, Scientific Advisor to the Calorie Control Council, said, “The study published in Nature this week on artificial sweeteners goes against what we know as clinicians and what our patients tell us. The study tries to link low calorie sweeteners with weight gain and ignores the extensive data that demonstrates that low calorie sweeteners help us limit our calorie intake and help control our weight.”
So just use caution when you try to decipher the results of studies conducted like this one.