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Usar Coca-Cola para broncearse más rápido es una idea realmente mala

Usar Coca-Cola para broncearse más rápido es una idea realmente mala

Sabemos que le daña los dientes, así que, ¿por qué se lo pondría en la piel?

De acuerdo, hemos oído que la Coca-Cola es mala para los dientes. Nosotros saber está cargado de azúcar y productos químicos. ¡¿Pero ahora la gente se está aplicando espuma en la piel ?!

Eso es correcto. La gente esta tomando la bebida gaseosa de color caramelo y frotándolo en sus brazos, piernas y caras en un intento de broncearse. Y está funcionando.

Coca Cola contiene tinte de caramelo, que le da, y ahora a la piel de muchas personas, ese tono bronceado y más oscuro. En Inglaterra, la gente descubrió esta técnica hace más de un año y ahora se ha introducido en los Estados Unidos.

Pero antes de probarlo en casa, hay algunas cosas que debe saber. La gaseosa no fue probada médicamente para la seguridad del cuidado de la piel; si alguien decidiera probarlo, probablemente fallaría. Joshua Zeichner, director de investigación cosmética y clínica en dermatología del Hospital Mount Sinai en la ciudad de Nueva York, explicó el peligro para seducir. “Si bien algunos sienten que Coca-Cola puede acelerar su bronceado, en realidad puede ser peligroso, y recomiendo mantenerse alejado de él”, aconsejó.

El tinte de caramelo no es la única razón por la que el refresco de cola produce un efecto bronceador. Esencialmente, la naturaleza ácida de la cola exfolia las células muertas en la superficie de la piel, que normalmente protegen las capas inferiores de Penetración de luz ultravioleta. Por lo tanto, el efecto exfoliante de Coca Cola intensifica el efecto de los dañinos rayos UV. Si bien puede obtener temporalmente un brillo bronceado cálido, a largo plazo, corre un mayor riesgo de sufrir quemaduras solares y cáncer de piel.

¿Nuestro consejo? Que no vale la pena. Tome un poco de protector solar y beba un buen refresco frío. ¿Sabías que Coca-Cola en realidad solía contener cocaína? Lea 10 mitos famosos de Coca-Cola.


El engaño de los refrescos dietéticos: el epifenómeno de la obesidad V

Reemplazar una bebida azucarada regular con refrescos dietéticos parece una buena manera de perder peso. Las bebidas dietéticas no tienen calorías ni azúcar. Dado que esto reducirá la ingesta de azúcar, parece una buena idea. Tanto la Asociación Estadounidense de Diabetes como la Asociación Estadounidense del Corazón respaldaron en 2012 el uso de bebidas dietéticas como una forma de perder peso y mejorar la salud. La evidencia de beneficio, aunque es sorprendentemente escasa.

Si las bebidas dietéticas mejoraran sustancialmente la obesidad de la diabetes, entonces esperaríamos que a medida que aumentamos el uso de bebidas dietéticas, la obesidad y la diabetes se estabilicen o disminuyan.

Desde 1960-2000 ha habido un aumento del 400% en el uso de bebidas dietéticas. La segunda bebida más popular del mundo después de la Coca Cola es Diet Coke, después de todo. Sin embargo, la epidemia de obesidad y diabetes ha continuado sin cesar. La única conclusión lógica es que las bebidas dietéticas realmente no ayudan.

En realidad, existe evidencia sustancial de que las bebidas dietéticas pueden ser bastante dañinas. Dr. Fowler en "¿Alimentando la epidemia de obesidad?" estudiaron a 5,158 adultos en el San Antonio Heart Study. El riesgo de tener sobrepeso en los 7-8 años de seguimiento se incrementó en un 47% por el uso de bebidas endulzadas artificialmente. Como escribe el Dr. Fowler

Estos hallazgos plantean la pregunta de si el uso de AS (edulcorante artificial) podría estar impulsando, en lugar de combatir, nuestra creciente epidemia de obesidad.

La implicación es que los edulcorantes no calóricos no son bien, son malo. Otros estudios tienen hallazgos similares. En "El consumo de refrescos dietéticos se asocia con un mayor riesgo de eventos vasculares", el Dr. Gardner encontró un aumento del 43% en el riesgo de eventos vasculares (derrames cerebrales y ataques cardíacos) en las personas que beben refrescos dietéticos.

En lugar de reducir el riesgo de enfermedad cardiovascular, los refrescos dietéticos pueden aumentar el riesgo. ¿Pero por qué? Reducir la ingesta de azúcar debería ser un objetivo loable. Dado que los edulcorantes no contienen calorías ni azúcar, esto debería ser beneficioso. Los edulcorantes tampoco parecen elevar los niveles de insulina.

Déjame ponerlo de esta manera. Reducir los azúcares de la dieta es ciertamente bueno. Pero eso no significa que sea una buena idea reemplazar el azúcar con productos químicos artificiales completamente artificiales de dudosa seguridad. Quiero decir, los pesticidas y herbicidas también se consideran seguros para el consumo humano. Eso no significa que debamos hacer todo lo posible para comer más de ellos. (¿Alimentos anti-orgánicos? ¡Plaguicidas adicionales para manzanas libres de lombrices!)

Simplemente, hay demasiadas cosas que pueden salir mal con la ingestión de productos químicos como el aspartame, la sucralosa o el acesulfam-K. Estos no son alimentos. No hay nada parecido a la comida en ellos. Se sintetizan en una tina química y se venden porque resultan ser dulces y no lo matan en las cantidades que se usan en los alimentos. El pegamento tampoco te matará. Eso no significa que debamos comérnoslo.

Imagínese si anunciaran "Pegamento: sabe bien y no te matará, ¡así que deberías comer más!" (por lo menos uno a los niños de todas las aulas parece gustarles demasiado la barra de pegamento)

Imagínese si anunciaran "Aspartame: sabe bien y no lo matará, ¡así que debería comer más!"

La conclusión es que estos productos químicos no ayudan a perder peso. De hecho, pueden causar aumento de peso. Estos productos químicos artificiales pueden causar antojos que pueden inducir a comer en exceso alimentos dulces. Comer continuamente alimentos dulces, incluso si no tienen calorías, puede llevarnos a desear otros alimentos dulces que pueden contener azúcar o almidones.

La prueba más sólida del fracaso de los edulcorantes artificiales proviene de 2 ensayos aleatorizados recientemente completados. En “Un ensayo aleatorio de bebidas azucaradas y peso corporal de los adolescentes”, se dividió al azar a 224 adolescentes con sobrepeso en dos grupos. A un grupo se le dio agua y bebidas dietéticas para un año.

Al final de los 2 años, está claro que el grupo de refrescos dietéticos (experimental) consumía menos azúcar que el grupo regular (control). Eso es bueno. Sin embargo, si observa el aumento de peso, no hay una diferencia significativa entre los dos grupos.

En el mismo número del New England Journal of Medicine, se informó de otro ensayo titulado "Un ensayo de bebidas sin azúcar o endulzadas con azúcar y peso corporal en niños".

Se asignó al azar a un grupo de 641 niños de peso normal para que continuaran bebiendo como antes o cambiaran a refrescos dietéticos.

En este caso, hubo una diferencia estadísticamente significativa entre los 2 grupos. Sin embargo, la diferencia en el aumento de peso no es tan dramática como muchos esperaban. El grupo de refrescos dietéticos pesaba aproximadamente 1 kg (2,2 libras) menos al final de los 18 meses.

Entonces, sí, beber refrescos dietéticos reducirá la ingesta de azúcar. Pero no, no ayudará a reducir mucho su peso. Esto, por supuesto, ya lo sabías. Piense en todas las personas que ve bebiendo refrescos dietéticos. Lo sabías nadie en absoluto ¿Quién ha dicho que beber refrescos dietéticos les hizo perder mucho peso?

Sin duda, se redujo su ingesta de azúcar. Pero su peso no lo era. Esto es cierto para todos. Esto es sentido común, que no parece tan común en la medicina académica o la nutrición. Dejando a un lado el peso, también es posible que beber refrescos dietéticos pueda estar asociado con problemas de salud.

En la reunión del Colegio Americano de Cardiología de marzo de 2014, se presentaron datos que mostraban una asociación entre beber refrescos dietéticos y enfermedades cardíacas. Después de 59,614 mujeres mayores de 8,7 años en el Estudio de Observación de la Iniciativa de Salud de la Mujer, hubo un aumento del 30% en el riesgo de eventos cardiovasculares (ataques cardíacos y accidentes cerebrovasculares) en las que bebían 2 o más bebidas dietéticas al día.

Esto ciertamente no prueba que las bebidas dietéticas causan enfermedades del corazón. Este es un estudio observacional y no se puede utilizar para mostrar la causalidad. No puede probar que los refrescos dietéticos sean malos para usted. Sin embargo, es una evidencia muy sólida en contra de la presunción de que las bebidas dietéticas son buenas para usted. Entonces, ¿por qué la ADA y la AHA respaldarían algo que ciertamente no es bueno para usted? Supongo que empieza con M y rima con miel. También conocido como lucro sucio.

Un gran problema con la mayoría de las investigaciones nutricionales es que a menudo hay informes contradictorios. Un estudio mostrará un beneficio y otro estudio mostrará exactamente lo contrario. ¿Por qué es esto? Generalmente, el factor decisivo es quién ha pagado el estudio.

Considere el caso de las bebidas azucaradas (SSB). En este estudio, los investigadores analizaron 17 revisiones diferentes de SSB y aumento de peso. El 83,3% de los estudios patrocinados por empresas alimentarias no mostraron una relación entre las bebidas azucaradas y el aumento de peso. Pero en estudios independientes, el 83,3% de los estudios mostró exactamente lo contrario: una fuerte relación entre los SSB y el aumento de peso.

Debido a que la investigación se puede utilizar para respaldar cualquier punto de vista que tenga, a menudo es importante investigar más a fondo la financiación del estudio. El árbitro final, sin embargo, es el sentido común. Las bebidas dietéticas no te hacen perder peso. Eso es sentido común. Créelo.

¿Estoy diciendo que consumir sustancias químicas completamente artificiales de toxicidad desconocida en nuestro cuerpo porque resultan ser dulces es una muy, muy mala idea? Esta pregunta se responde por sí sola ...

Por muchas razones de salud, perder peso es importante. Puede mejorar los niveles de azúcar en sangre, la presión arterial y la salud metabólica, lo que reduce el riesgo de enfermedades cardíacas, derrames cerebrales y cáncer. Pero no es fácil. Ahí es donde podemos ayudar.


El engaño de los refrescos dietéticos: el epifenómeno de la obesidad V

Reemplazar una bebida azucarada regular con refrescos dietéticos parece una buena manera de perder peso. Las bebidas dietéticas no tienen calorías ni azúcar. Dado que esto reducirá la ingesta de azúcar, parece una buena idea. Tanto la Asociación Estadounidense de Diabetes como la Asociación Estadounidense del Corazón respaldaron en 2012 el uso de bebidas dietéticas como una forma de perder peso y mejorar la salud. La evidencia de beneficio, aunque es sorprendentemente escasa.

Si las bebidas dietéticas mejoraran sustancialmente la obesidad de la diabetes, entonces esperaríamos que a medida que aumentamos el uso de bebidas dietéticas, la obesidad y la diabetes se estabilicen o disminuyan.

Desde 1960-2000 ha habido un aumento del 400% en el uso de bebidas dietéticas. La segunda bebida más popular del mundo después de la Coca Cola es Diet Coke, después de todo. Sin embargo, la epidemia de obesidad y diabetes ha continuado sin cesar. La única conclusión lógica es que las bebidas dietéticas realmente no ayudan.

En realidad, existe evidencia sustancial de que las bebidas dietéticas pueden ser bastante dañinas. Dr. Fowler en "¿Alimentando la epidemia de obesidad?" estudiaron a 5,158 adultos en el San Antonio Heart Study. El riesgo de tener sobrepeso en los 7-8 años de seguimiento se incrementó en un 47% por el uso de bebidas endulzadas artificialmente. Como escribe el Dr. Fowler

Estos hallazgos plantean la pregunta de si el uso de AS (edulcorante artificial) podría estar impulsando, en lugar de combatir, nuestra creciente epidemia de obesidad.

La implicación es que los edulcorantes no calóricos no son bien, son malo. Otros estudios tienen hallazgos similares. En "El consumo de refrescos dietéticos se asocia con un mayor riesgo de eventos vasculares", el Dr. Gardner encontró un aumento del 43% en el riesgo de eventos vasculares (derrames cerebrales y ataques cardíacos) en las personas que beben refrescos dietéticos.

En lugar de reducir el riesgo de enfermedad cardiovascular, los refrescos dietéticos pueden aumentar el riesgo. ¿Pero por qué? Reducir la ingesta de azúcar debería ser un objetivo loable. Dado que los edulcorantes no contienen calorías ni azúcar, esto debería ser beneficioso. Los edulcorantes tampoco parecen elevar los niveles de insulina.

Déjame ponerlo de esta manera. Reducir los azúcares de la dieta es ciertamente bueno. Pero eso no significa que sea una buena idea reemplazar el azúcar con productos químicos artificiales completamente artificiales de dudosa seguridad. Quiero decir, los pesticidas y herbicidas también se consideran seguros para el consumo humano. Eso no significa que debamos hacer todo lo posible para comer más de ellos. (¿Alimentos anti-orgánicos? ¡Plaguicidas adicionales para manzanas libres de lombrices!)

Simplemente, hay demasiadas cosas que pueden salir mal con la ingestión de sustancias químicas como el aspartamo, la sucralosa o el acesulfam-K. Estos no son alimentos. No hay nada parecido a la comida en ellos. Se sintetizan en una tina química y se venden porque resultan ser dulces y no lo matan en las cantidades que se usan en los alimentos. El pegamento tampoco te matará. Eso no significa que debamos comérnoslo.

Imagínese si anunciaran "Pegamento: sabe bien y no te matará, ¡así que deberías comer más!" (por lo menos uno a los niños de todas las aulas parece gustarles demasiado la barra de pegamento)

Imagínese si anunciaran "Aspartame: sabe bien y no lo matará, ¡así que debería comer más!"

La conclusión es que estos productos químicos no ayudan a perder peso. De hecho, pueden causar aumento de peso. Estos productos químicos artificiales pueden causar antojos que pueden inducir a comer en exceso alimentos dulces. Comer continuamente alimentos dulces, incluso si no tienen calorías, puede llevarnos a desear otros alimentos dulces que pueden contener azúcar o almidones.

La prueba más sólida del fracaso de los edulcorantes artificiales proviene de 2 ensayos aleatorizados recientemente completados. En “Un ensayo aleatorio de bebidas azucaradas y peso corporal de los adolescentes”, 224 adolescentes con sobrepeso fueron divididos al azar en dos grupos. A un grupo se le dio agua y bebidas dietéticas para un año.

Al final de los 2 años, está claro que el grupo de refrescos dietéticos (experimental) consumía menos azúcar que el grupo regular (control). Eso es bueno. Sin embargo, si observa el aumento de peso, no hay una diferencia significativa entre los dos grupos.

En el mismo número del New England Journal of Medicine, se informó de otro ensayo "Un ensayo de bebidas sin azúcar o endulzadas con azúcar y peso corporal en niños".

Se asignó al azar a un grupo de 641 niños de peso normal para que continuaran bebiendo como antes o cambiaran a refrescos dietéticos.

En este caso, hubo una diferencia estadísticamente significativa entre los 2 grupos. Sin embargo, la diferencia en el aumento de peso no es tan dramática como muchos esperaban. El grupo de refrescos dietéticos pesaba alrededor de 1 kg (2,2 libras) menos al final de los 18 meses.

Entonces, sí, beber refrescos dietéticos reducirá la ingesta de azúcar. Pero no, no ayudará a reducir mucho su peso. Esto, por supuesto, ya lo sabías. Piense en todas las personas que ve bebiendo refrescos dietéticos. Lo sabías nadie en absoluto ¿Quién ha dicho que beber refrescos dietéticos les hizo perder mucho peso?

Sin duda, se redujo su ingesta de azúcar. Pero su peso no lo era. Esto es cierto para todos. Esto es de sentido común, que no parece tan común en la medicina académica o la nutrición. Dejando a un lado el peso, también es posible que beber refrescos dietéticos pueda estar asociado con problemas de salud.

En la reunión del Colegio Estadounidense de Cardiología de marzo de 2014, se presentaron datos que mostraban una asociación entre el consumo de refrescos dietéticos y las enfermedades cardíacas. Después de 59,614 mujeres mayores de 8,7 años en el Estudio de Observación de la Iniciativa de Salud de la Mujer, hubo un aumento del 30% en el riesgo de eventos cardiovasculares (ataques cardíacos y accidentes cerebrovasculares) en las que bebían 2 o más bebidas dietéticas al día.

Esto ciertamente no prueba que las bebidas dietéticas causan enfermedades del corazón. Este es un estudio observacional y no se puede utilizar para mostrar la causalidad. No puede probar que los refrescos dietéticos sean malos para usted. Sin embargo, es una evidencia muy sólida en contra de la presunción de que las bebidas dietéticas son buenas para usted. Entonces, ¿por qué la ADA y la AHA respaldarían algo que ciertamente no es bueno para usted? Supongo que empieza con M y rima con miel. También conocido como lucro sucio.

Un gran problema con la mayoría de las investigaciones nutricionales es que a menudo hay informes contradictorios. Un estudio mostrará un beneficio y otro estudio mostrará exactamente lo contrario. ¿Por qué es esto? Generalmente, el factor decisivo es quién ha pagado el estudio.

Considere el caso de las bebidas azucaradas (SSB). En este estudio, los investigadores analizaron 17 revisiones diferentes de SSB y aumento de peso. El 83,3% de los estudios patrocinados por empresas alimentarias no mostraron una relación entre las bebidas azucaradas y el aumento de peso. Pero en estudios independientes, el 83,3% de los estudios mostró exactamente lo contrario: una fuerte relación entre los SSB y el aumento de peso.

Debido a que la investigación se puede utilizar para respaldar cualquier punto de vista que tenga, a menudo es importante investigar más a fondo la financiación del estudio. El árbitro final, sin embargo, es el sentido común. Las bebidas dietéticas no te hacen perder peso. Eso es sentido común. Créelo.

¿Estoy diciendo que consumir sustancias químicas completamente artificiales de toxicidad desconocida en nuestro cuerpo porque resultan ser dulces es una muy, muy mala idea? Esta pregunta se responde por sí sola ...

Por muchas razones de salud, perder peso es importante. Puede mejorar los niveles de azúcar en la sangre, la presión arterial y la salud metabólica, lo que reduce el riesgo de enfermedades cardíacas, derrames cerebrales y cáncer. Pero no es fácil. Ahí es donde podemos ayudar.


El engaño de los refrescos dietéticos: el epifenómeno de la obesidad V

Reemplazar una bebida azucarada regular con refrescos dietéticos parece una buena manera de perder peso. Las bebidas dietéticas no tienen calorías ni azúcar. Dado que esto reducirá la ingesta de azúcar, parece una buena idea. Tanto la Asociación Estadounidense de Diabetes como la Asociación Estadounidense del Corazón respaldaron en 2012 el uso de bebidas dietéticas como una forma de perder peso y mejorar la salud. La evidencia de beneficio, aunque es sorprendentemente escasa.

Si las bebidas dietéticas mejoraran sustancialmente la obesidad de la diabetes, entonces esperaríamos que a medida que aumentamos el uso de bebidas dietéticas, la obesidad y la diabetes se estabilicen o disminuyan.

Desde 1960-2000 ha habido un aumento del 400% en el uso de bebidas dietéticas. La segunda bebida más popular del mundo después de la Coca Cola es Diet Coke, después de todo. Sin embargo, la epidemia de obesidad y diabetes no ha disminuido. La única conclusión lógica es que las bebidas dietéticas realmente no ayudan.

En realidad, existe evidencia sustancial de que las bebidas dietéticas pueden ser bastante dañinas. Dr. Fowler en "¿Alimentando la epidemia de obesidad?" estudiaron a 5,158 adultos en el San Antonio Heart Study. El riesgo de tener sobrepeso en los 7-8 años de seguimiento se incrementó en un 47% por el uso de bebidas endulzadas artificialmente. Como escribe el Dr. Fowler

Estos hallazgos plantean la pregunta de si el uso de AS (edulcorante artificial) podría estar impulsando, en lugar de combatir, nuestra creciente epidemia de obesidad.

La implicación es que los edulcorantes no calóricos no son bien, son malo. Otros estudios tienen hallazgos similares. En "El consumo de refrescos dietéticos se asocia con un mayor riesgo de eventos vasculares", el Dr. Gardner encontró un aumento del 43% en el riesgo de eventos vasculares (derrames cerebrales y ataques cardíacos) en las personas que beben refrescos dietéticos.

En lugar de reducir el riesgo de enfermedad cardiovascular, los refrescos dietéticos pueden aumentar el riesgo. ¿Pero por qué? Reducir la ingesta de azúcar debería ser un objetivo loable. Dado que los edulcorantes no contienen calorías ni azúcar, esto debería ser beneficioso. Los edulcorantes tampoco parecen elevar los niveles de insulina.

Déjame ponerlo de esta manera. Reducir los azúcares de la dieta es ciertamente bueno. Pero eso no significa que sea una buena idea reemplazar el azúcar con productos químicos artificiales completamente artificiales de dudosa seguridad. Quiero decir, los pesticidas y herbicidas también se consideran seguros para el consumo humano. Eso no significa que debamos hacer todo lo posible para comer más de ellos. (¿Alimentos anti-orgánicos? ¡Plaguicidas adicionales para manzanas libres de lombrices!)

Simplemente, hay demasiadas cosas que pueden salir mal con la ingestión de sustancias químicas como el aspartamo, la sucralosa o el acesulfam-K. Estos no son alimentos. No hay nada parecido a la comida en ellos. Se sintetizan en una tina química y se venden porque resultan ser dulces y no lo matan en las cantidades que se usan en los alimentos. El pegamento tampoco te matará. Eso no significa que debamos comérnoslo.

Imagínese si anunciaran "Pegamento: sabe bien y no te matará, ¡así que deberías comer más!" (por lo menos uno a los niños de todas las aulas parece gustarles demasiado la barra de pegamento)

Imagínese si anunciaran "Aspartame: sabe bien y no lo matará, ¡así que debería comer más!"

La conclusión es que estos productos químicos no ayudan a perder peso. De hecho, pueden causar aumento de peso. Estos productos químicos artificiales pueden causar antojos que pueden inducir a comer en exceso alimentos dulces. Comer continuamente alimentos dulces, incluso si no tienen calorías, puede llevarnos a desear otros alimentos dulces que pueden contener azúcar o almidones.

La prueba más sólida del fracaso de los edulcorantes artificiales proviene de 2 ensayos aleatorizados recientemente completados. En “Un ensayo aleatorio de bebidas azucaradas y peso corporal de los adolescentes”, 224 adolescentes con sobrepeso fueron divididos al azar en dos grupos. A un grupo se le dio agua y bebidas dietéticas para un año.

Al final de los 2 años, está claro que el grupo de refrescos dietéticos (experimental) consumía menos azúcar que el grupo regular (control). Eso es bueno. Sin embargo, si observa el aumento de peso, no hay una diferencia significativa entre los dos grupos.

En el mismo número del New England Journal of Medicine, se informó de otro ensayo "Un ensayo de bebidas sin azúcar o endulzadas con azúcar y peso corporal en niños".

Se asignó al azar a un grupo de 641 niños de peso normal para que continuaran bebiendo como antes o cambiaran a refrescos dietéticos.

En este caso, hubo una diferencia estadísticamente significativa entre los 2 grupos. Sin embargo, la diferencia en el aumento de peso no es tan dramática como muchos esperaban. El grupo de refrescos dietéticos pesaba alrededor de 1 kg (2,2 libras) menos al final de los 18 meses.

Entonces, sí, beber refrescos dietéticos reducirá la ingesta de azúcar. Pero no, no ayudará a reducir mucho su peso. Esto, por supuesto, ya lo sabías. Piense en todas las personas que ve bebiendo refrescos dietéticos. Lo sabías nadie en absoluto ¿Quién ha dicho que beber refrescos dietéticos les hizo perder mucho peso?

Sin duda, se redujo su ingesta de azúcar. Pero su peso no lo era. Esto es cierto para todos. Esto es sentido común, que no parece tan común en la medicina académica o la nutrición. Dejando a un lado el peso, también es posible que beber refrescos dietéticos pueda estar asociado con problemas de salud.

En la reunión del Colegio Estadounidense de Cardiología de marzo de 2014, se presentaron datos que mostraban una asociación entre el consumo de refrescos dietéticos y las enfermedades cardíacas. Después de 59,614 mujeres mayores de 8,7 años en el Estudio de Observación de la Iniciativa de Salud de la Mujer, hubo un aumento del 30% en el riesgo de eventos cardiovasculares (ataques cardíacos y accidentes cerebrovasculares) en las que bebían 2 o más bebidas dietéticas al día.

Esto ciertamente no prueba que las bebidas dietéticas causan enfermedades del corazón. Este es un estudio observacional y no se puede utilizar para mostrar la causalidad. No puede probar que los refrescos dietéticos sean malos para usted. Sin embargo, es una evidencia muy sólida en contra de la presunción de que las bebidas dietéticas son buenas para usted. Entonces, ¿por qué la ADA y la AHA respaldarían algo que ciertamente no es bueno para usted? Supongo que empieza con M y rima con miel. También conocido como lucro sucio.

Un gran problema con la mayoría de las investigaciones nutricionales es que a menudo hay informes contradictorios. Un estudio mostrará un beneficio y otro estudio mostrará exactamente lo contrario. ¿Por qué es esto? Generalmente, el factor decisivo es quién ha pagado el estudio.

Considere el caso de las bebidas azucaradas (SSB). En este estudio, los investigadores analizaron 17 revisiones diferentes de SSB y aumento de peso. El 83,3% de los estudios patrocinados por empresas alimentarias no mostraron una relación entre las bebidas azucaradas y el aumento de peso. Pero en estudios independientes, el 83,3% de los estudios mostró exactamente lo contrario: una fuerte relación entre los SSB y el aumento de peso.

Debido a que la investigación se puede utilizar para respaldar cualquier punto de vista que tenga, a menudo es importante investigar más a fondo la financiación del estudio. El árbitro final, sin embargo, es el sentido común. Las bebidas dietéticas no te hacen perder peso. Eso es sentido común. Créelo.

¿Estoy diciendo que consumir sustancias químicas completamente artificiales de toxicidad desconocida en nuestro cuerpo porque resultan ser dulces es una muy, muy mala idea? Esta pregunta se responde por sí misma ...

Por muchas razones de salud, perder peso es importante. Puede mejorar los niveles de azúcar en la sangre, la presión arterial y la salud metabólica, lo que reduce el riesgo de enfermedades cardíacas, derrames cerebrales y cáncer. Pero no es fácil. Ahí es donde podemos ayudar.


El engaño de los refrescos dietéticos: el epifenómeno de la obesidad V

Reemplazar una bebida azucarada regular con refrescos dietéticos parece una buena manera de perder peso. Las bebidas dietéticas no tienen calorías ni azúcar. Dado que esto reducirá la ingesta de azúcar, parece una buena idea. Tanto la Asociación Estadounidense de Diabetes como la Asociación Estadounidense del Corazón respaldaron en 2012 el uso de bebidas dietéticas como una forma de perder peso y mejorar la salud. La evidencia de beneficio, aunque es sorprendentemente escasa.

Si las bebidas dietéticas mejoraran sustancialmente la obesidad de la diabetes, entonces esperaríamos que a medida que aumentamos el uso de bebidas dietéticas, la obesidad y la diabetes se estabilicen o disminuyan.

Desde 1960-2000 ha habido un aumento del 400% en el uso de bebidas dietéticas. La segunda bebida más popular del mundo después de la Coca Cola es Diet Coke, después de todo. Sin embargo, la epidemia de obesidad y diabetes no ha disminuido. La única conclusión lógica es que las bebidas dietéticas realmente no ayudan.

De hecho, existe evidencia sustancial de que las bebidas dietéticas pueden ser bastante dañinas. Dr. Fowler en "¿Alimentando la epidemia de obesidad?" estudiaron a 5,158 adultos en el San Antonio Heart Study. El riesgo de tener sobrepeso en los 7-8 años de seguimiento se incrementó en un 47% por el uso de bebidas endulzadas artificialmente. Como escribe el Dr. Fowler

Estos hallazgos plantean la pregunta de si el uso de AS (edulcorante artificial) podría estar impulsando, en lugar de combatir, nuestra creciente epidemia de obesidad.

La implicación es que los edulcorantes no calóricos no son bien, son malo. Otros estudios tienen hallazgos similares. En "El consumo de refrescos dietéticos se asocia con un mayor riesgo de eventos vasculares", el Dr. Gardner encontró un aumento del 43% en el riesgo de eventos vasculares (derrames cerebrales y ataques cardíacos) en las personas que beben refrescos dietéticos.

En lugar de reducir el riesgo de enfermedad cardiovascular, los refrescos dietéticos pueden aumentar el riesgo. ¿Pero por qué? Reducir la ingesta de azúcar debería ser un objetivo loable. Dado que los edulcorantes no contienen calorías ni azúcar, esto debería ser beneficioso. Los edulcorantes tampoco parecen elevar los niveles de insulina.

Déjame ponerlo de esta manera. Reducir los azúcares de la dieta es ciertamente bueno. Pero eso no significa que sea una buena idea reemplazar el azúcar con productos químicos artificiales completamente artificiales de dudosa seguridad. Quiero decir, los pesticidas y herbicidas también se consideran seguros para el consumo humano. Eso no significa que debamos hacer todo lo posible para comer más de ellos. (¿Alimentos anti-orgánicos? ¡Plaguicidas adicionales para manzanas sin lombrices!)

Simplemente, hay demasiadas cosas que pueden salir mal con la ingestión de productos químicos como el aspartame, la sucralosa o el acesulfam-K. Estos no son alimentos. No hay nada parecido a la comida en ellos. Se sintetizan en una tina química y se venden porque resultan ser dulces y no lo matan en las cantidades que se usan en los alimentos. El pegamento tampoco te matará. Eso no significa que debamos comérnoslo.

Imagínese si anunciaran "Pegamento: sabe bien y no te matará, ¡así que deberías comer más!" (por lo menos uno a los niños de todas las aulas parece gustarles demasiado la barra de pegamento)

Imagínese si anunciaran "Aspartame: sabe bien y no lo matará, ¡así que debería comer más!"

La conclusión es que estos productos químicos no ayudan a perder peso. De hecho, pueden causar aumento de peso. Estos productos químicos artificiales pueden causar antojos que pueden inducir a comer en exceso alimentos dulces. Comer continuamente alimentos dulces, incluso si no tienen calorías, puede llevarnos a desear otros alimentos dulces que pueden contener azúcar o almidones.

La prueba más sólida del fracaso de los edulcorantes artificiales proviene de 2 ensayos aleatorizados recientemente completados. En “Un ensayo aleatorio de bebidas azucaradas y peso corporal de los adolescentes”, 224 adolescentes con sobrepeso fueron divididos al azar en dos grupos. A un grupo se le dio agua y bebidas dietéticas para un año.

Al final de los 2 años, está claro que el grupo de refrescos dietéticos (experimental) consumía menos azúcar que el grupo regular (control). Eso es bueno. Sin embargo, si observa el aumento de peso, no hay una diferencia significativa entre los dos grupos.

En el mismo número del New England Journal of Medicine, se informó de otro ensayo titulado "Un ensayo de bebidas sin azúcar o endulzadas con azúcar y peso corporal en niños".

Se asignó al azar a un grupo de 641 niños de peso normal para que continuaran bebiendo como antes o cambiaran a refrescos dietéticos.

En este caso, hubo una diferencia estadísticamente significativa entre los 2 grupos. Sin embargo, la diferencia en el aumento de peso no es tan dramática como muchos esperaban. El grupo de refrescos dietéticos pesaba alrededor de 1 kg (2,2 libras) menos al final de los 18 meses.

Entonces, sí, beber refrescos dietéticos reducirá la ingesta de azúcar. Pero no, no ayudará a reducir mucho su peso. Esto, por supuesto, ya lo sabías. Piense en todas las personas que ve bebiendo refrescos dietéticos. Lo sabías nadie en absoluto ¿Quién ha dicho que beber refrescos dietéticos les hizo perder mucho peso?

Sin duda, se redujo su ingesta de azúcar. Pero su peso no lo era. Esto es cierto para todos. Esto es sentido común, que no parece tan común en la medicina académica o la nutrición. Dejando a un lado el peso, también es posible que beber refrescos dietéticos pueda estar asociado con problemas de salud.

En la reunión del Colegio Americano de Cardiología de marzo de 2014, se presentaron datos que mostraban una asociación entre beber refrescos dietéticos y enfermedades cardíacas. Después de 59,614 mujeres mayores de 8,7 años en el Estudio de Observación de la Iniciativa de Salud de la Mujer, hubo un aumento del 30% en el riesgo de eventos cardiovasculares (ataques cardíacos y accidentes cerebrovasculares) en las que bebían 2 o más bebidas dietéticas al día.

Esto ciertamente no prueba que las bebidas dietéticas causan enfermedades del corazón. Este es un estudio observacional y no se puede utilizar para mostrar la causalidad. No puede probar que los refrescos dietéticos sean malos para usted. Sin embargo, es una evidencia muy sólida en contra de la presunción de que las bebidas dietéticas son buenas para usted. Entonces, ¿por qué la ADA y la AHA respaldarían algo que ciertamente no es bueno para usted? Supongo que empieza con M y rima con miel. También conocido como lucro sucio.

Un gran problema con la mayoría de las investigaciones nutricionales es que a menudo hay informes contradictorios. Un estudio mostrará un beneficio y otro estudio mostrará exactamente lo contrario. ¿Por qué es esto? Generalmente, el factor decisivo es quién ha pagado el estudio.

Considere el caso de las bebidas azucaradas (SSB). En este estudio, los investigadores analizaron 17 revisiones diferentes de SSB y aumento de peso. El 83,3% de los estudios patrocinados por empresas alimentarias no mostraron una relación entre las bebidas azucaradas y el aumento de peso. Pero en estudios independientes, el 83,3% de los estudios mostró exactamente lo contrario: una fuerte relación entre los SSB y el aumento de peso.

Debido a que la investigación se puede utilizar para respaldar cualquier punto de vista que tenga, a menudo es importante investigar más a fondo la financiación del estudio. El árbitro final, sin embargo, es el sentido común. Las bebidas dietéticas no te hacen perder peso. Eso es sentido común. Créelo.

Am I saying that consuming entirely artificial chemicals of unknown toxicity into our bodies because they happen to be sweet is a really, really bad idea? This question kind of answers itself…..

For many health reasons, losing weight is important. It can improve your blood sugars, blood pressure and metabolic health, lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. But it’s not easy. That’s where we can help.


The Diet Soda Delusion – The Epiphenomenon of Obesity V

Replacing a regular sugared drink with diet sodas seems like a good way to lose weight. Diet drinks have zero calories and no sugar. Since this will lower sugar intake, it seems like a good idea. Both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association in 2012 endorsed the use of diet drinks as a way of losing weight and improving health. The evidence for benefit, though is surprisingly scarce.

If diet drinks substantially improved obesity of diabetes, then we would expect that as we increased use of diet drinks, obesity and diabetes would either stabilize or decrease.

From 1960-2000 there has been a 400% increase in the use of diet drinks. The second most popular drink in the world after Coca Cola is Diet Coke, after all. However, the obesity and diabetes epidemic has continued unabated. The only logical conclusion is that diet drinks don’t really help.

Actually, there is substantial evidence that diet drinks may be quite harmful. Dr. Fowler in “Fueling the Obesity Epidemic?” studied 5,158 adults in the San Antonio Heart Study. The risk of becoming overweight in the 7-8 years of follow up was increased by 47% by the use of artificially sweetened drinks. As Dr. Fowler writes

These findings raise the question whether AS (artificial sweetener) use might be fueling—rather than fighting—our escalating obesity epidemic.

The implication is that non caloric sweeteners are not bien, they’re malo. Other studies have some similar findings. In “Diet soda drink consumption is associated with an increased risk of vascular events“, Dr. Gardner found a 43% increase in risk of vascular events (strokes and heart attacks) in people drinking diet sodas.

Rather than reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, diet sodas may actually increase the risk. But why? Reducing sugar intake should be a laudable goal. Since sweeteners contain no calories or sugar, this should be beneficial. Sweeteners also do not seem to raise insulin levels.

Let me put it this way. Reducing dietary sugars is certainly good. But it doesn’t mean that replacing sugar with completely artificial, manmade chemicals of dubious safety is a good idea. I mean, pesticides and herbicides are also considered safe for human consumption. That doesn’t mean we should be going out of our way to eat more of them. (Anti-organic foods? Extra pesticides for worm free apples!)

There are simply too many things that can go wrong with the ingestion of chemicals such as aspartame, sucralose, or acesulfam-K. These are not foods. There is nothing food like about them. They are synthesized in a chemical vat and sold to you because they happen to be sweet and not kill you in the amounts used in foods. Glue won’t kill you either. That doesn’t mean we should be eating it.

Imagine if they advertised “Glue – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!” (at least uno kid in every classroom seems to love the glue stick a little too much)

Imagine if they advertised “Aspartame – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!”

The bottom line is that these chemicals do not help weight loss. They may actually cause weight gain. These artificial chemicals may cause cravings that may induce over-eating of sweet foods. By continually eating sweet foods, even if they have no calories, may lead us to crave other sweet foods that may contain sugar or starches.

The strongest proof of the failure of artificial sweeteners comes from 2 recently completed randomized trials. In “A Randomized Trial of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Adolescent Body Weight” 224 overweight adolescents were divided by random into two groups. One group was given a year’s worth of water and diet drinks to consume.

At the end of 2 years, it is clear that the diet soda (experimental) group was consuming less sugar than the regular (control) group. Eso es bueno. However, if you look at the weight gain, there is no significant difference between the two groups.

In the very same issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, there was another trial reported “A Trial of Sugar-free or Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Body Weight in Children“.

A group of 641 normal weight children were randomly assigned to continue drinking as previously, or switched to diet sodas.

In this case, there was a statistically significant difference between the 2 groups. However, the difference in weight gain is not as dramatic as many hoped. The diet soda group weighed about 1 kg (2.2 lbs) less at the end of 18 months.

So, yes, drinking diet soda will reduce sugar intake. But no, it will not help reduce your weight very much. This, of course, you already knew. Consider all the people you see drinking diet sodas. Do you know anybody at all who has said that drinking diet soda made them lose a lot of weight?

Undoubtedly, their sugar intake was reduced. But their weight was not. This is true for todos. This is common sense, which doesn’t seem so common in academic medicine or nutrition. Weight aside, it is also possible that drinking diet soda may be associated with health problems.

At the March 2014 American College of Cardiology meeting, data was presented that showed an association between drinking diet soda and heart disease. Following 59,614 women over 8.7 years in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, there was a 30% increase risk of cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes) in those drinking 2 or more diet drinks daily.

This certainly does not prove that diet drinks cause heart disease. This is an observational study and cannot be used to show causation. You cannot prove that diet sodas are bad for you. However, it is very strong evidence against the presumption that diet drinks are good for you. So why would the ADA and AHA endorse something that is certainly not good for you? I have a guess – it starts with M and rhymes with honey. Also known as filthy lucre.

A large problem with most nutritional research is that there are often conflicting reports. One study will show a benefit and another study will show the exact opposite. Why is this? Generally, the deciding factor is who has paid for the study.

Consider the case of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). In this study, researchers looked at 17 different reviews of SSBs and weight gain. 83.3% of studies that were sponsored by food companies did not show a relationship between SSBs and weight gain. But in studies that were independent, 83.3% of studies showed the exact opposite – a strong relationship between SSBs and weight gain.

Because research can be used to support whatever viewpoint you have, it is often important to look further into the funding for the study. The final arbiter, though, is common sense. Diet drinks do not make you lose weight. That is common sense. Créelo.

Am I saying that consuming entirely artificial chemicals of unknown toxicity into our bodies because they happen to be sweet is a really, really bad idea? This question kind of answers itself…..

For many health reasons, losing weight is important. It can improve your blood sugars, blood pressure and metabolic health, lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. But it’s not easy. That’s where we can help.


The Diet Soda Delusion – The Epiphenomenon of Obesity V

Replacing a regular sugared drink with diet sodas seems like a good way to lose weight. Diet drinks have zero calories and no sugar. Since this will lower sugar intake, it seems like a good idea. Both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association in 2012 endorsed the use of diet drinks as a way of losing weight and improving health. The evidence for benefit, though is surprisingly scarce.

If diet drinks substantially improved obesity of diabetes, then we would expect that as we increased use of diet drinks, obesity and diabetes would either stabilize or decrease.

From 1960-2000 there has been a 400% increase in the use of diet drinks. The second most popular drink in the world after Coca Cola is Diet Coke, after all. However, the obesity and diabetes epidemic has continued unabated. The only logical conclusion is that diet drinks don’t really help.

Actually, there is substantial evidence that diet drinks may be quite harmful. Dr. Fowler in “Fueling the Obesity Epidemic?” studied 5,158 adults in the San Antonio Heart Study. The risk of becoming overweight in the 7-8 years of follow up was increased by 47% by the use of artificially sweetened drinks. As Dr. Fowler writes

These findings raise the question whether AS (artificial sweetener) use might be fueling—rather than fighting—our escalating obesity epidemic.

The implication is that non caloric sweeteners are not bien, they’re malo. Other studies have some similar findings. In “Diet soda drink consumption is associated with an increased risk of vascular events“, Dr. Gardner found a 43% increase in risk of vascular events (strokes and heart attacks) in people drinking diet sodas.

Rather than reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, diet sodas may actually increase the risk. But why? Reducing sugar intake should be a laudable goal. Since sweeteners contain no calories or sugar, this should be beneficial. Sweeteners also do not seem to raise insulin levels.

Let me put it this way. Reducing dietary sugars is certainly good. But it doesn’t mean that replacing sugar with completely artificial, manmade chemicals of dubious safety is a good idea. I mean, pesticides and herbicides are also considered safe for human consumption. That doesn’t mean we should be going out of our way to eat more of them. (Anti-organic foods? Extra pesticides for worm free apples!)

There are simply too many things that can go wrong with the ingestion of chemicals such as aspartame, sucralose, or acesulfam-K. These are not foods. There is nothing food like about them. They are synthesized in a chemical vat and sold to you because they happen to be sweet and not kill you in the amounts used in foods. Glue won’t kill you either. That doesn’t mean we should be eating it.

Imagine if they advertised “Glue – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!” (at least uno kid in every classroom seems to love the glue stick a little too much)

Imagine if they advertised “Aspartame – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!”

The bottom line is that these chemicals do not help weight loss. They may actually cause weight gain. These artificial chemicals may cause cravings that may induce over-eating of sweet foods. By continually eating sweet foods, even if they have no calories, may lead us to crave other sweet foods that may contain sugar or starches.

The strongest proof of the failure of artificial sweeteners comes from 2 recently completed randomized trials. In “A Randomized Trial of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Adolescent Body Weight” 224 overweight adolescents were divided by random into two groups. One group was given a year’s worth of water and diet drinks to consume.

At the end of 2 years, it is clear that the diet soda (experimental) group was consuming less sugar than the regular (control) group. Eso es bueno. However, if you look at the weight gain, there is no significant difference between the two groups.

In the very same issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, there was another trial reported “A Trial of Sugar-free or Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Body Weight in Children“.

A group of 641 normal weight children were randomly assigned to continue drinking as previously, or switched to diet sodas.

In this case, there was a statistically significant difference between the 2 groups. However, the difference in weight gain is not as dramatic as many hoped. The diet soda group weighed about 1 kg (2.2 lbs) less at the end of 18 months.

So, yes, drinking diet soda will reduce sugar intake. But no, it will not help reduce your weight very much. This, of course, you already knew. Consider all the people you see drinking diet sodas. Do you know anybody at all who has said that drinking diet soda made them lose a lot of weight?

Undoubtedly, their sugar intake was reduced. But their weight was not. This is true for todos. This is common sense, which doesn’t seem so common in academic medicine or nutrition. Weight aside, it is also possible that drinking diet soda may be associated with health problems.

At the March 2014 American College of Cardiology meeting, data was presented that showed an association between drinking diet soda and heart disease. Following 59,614 women over 8.7 years in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, there was a 30% increase risk of cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes) in those drinking 2 or more diet drinks daily.

This certainly does not prove that diet drinks cause heart disease. This is an observational study and cannot be used to show causation. You cannot prove that diet sodas are bad for you. However, it is very strong evidence against the presumption that diet drinks are good for you. So why would the ADA and AHA endorse something that is certainly not good for you? I have a guess – it starts with M and rhymes with honey. Also known as filthy lucre.

A large problem with most nutritional research is that there are often conflicting reports. One study will show a benefit and another study will show the exact opposite. Why is this? Generally, the deciding factor is who has paid for the study.

Consider the case of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). In this study, researchers looked at 17 different reviews of SSBs and weight gain. 83.3% of studies that were sponsored by food companies did not show a relationship between SSBs and weight gain. But in studies that were independent, 83.3% of studies showed the exact opposite – a strong relationship between SSBs and weight gain.

Because research can be used to support whatever viewpoint you have, it is often important to look further into the funding for the study. The final arbiter, though, is common sense. Diet drinks do not make you lose weight. That is common sense. Créelo.

Am I saying that consuming entirely artificial chemicals of unknown toxicity into our bodies because they happen to be sweet is a really, really bad idea? This question kind of answers itself…..

For many health reasons, losing weight is important. It can improve your blood sugars, blood pressure and metabolic health, lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. But it’s not easy. That’s where we can help.


The Diet Soda Delusion – The Epiphenomenon of Obesity V

Replacing a regular sugared drink with diet sodas seems like a good way to lose weight. Diet drinks have zero calories and no sugar. Since this will lower sugar intake, it seems like a good idea. Both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association in 2012 endorsed the use of diet drinks as a way of losing weight and improving health. The evidence for benefit, though is surprisingly scarce.

If diet drinks substantially improved obesity of diabetes, then we would expect that as we increased use of diet drinks, obesity and diabetes would either stabilize or decrease.

From 1960-2000 there has been a 400% increase in the use of diet drinks. The second most popular drink in the world after Coca Cola is Diet Coke, after all. However, the obesity and diabetes epidemic has continued unabated. The only logical conclusion is that diet drinks don’t really help.

Actually, there is substantial evidence that diet drinks may be quite harmful. Dr. Fowler in “Fueling the Obesity Epidemic?” studied 5,158 adults in the San Antonio Heart Study. The risk of becoming overweight in the 7-8 years of follow up was increased by 47% by the use of artificially sweetened drinks. As Dr. Fowler writes

These findings raise the question whether AS (artificial sweetener) use might be fueling—rather than fighting—our escalating obesity epidemic.

The implication is that non caloric sweeteners are not bien, they’re malo. Other studies have some similar findings. In “Diet soda drink consumption is associated with an increased risk of vascular events“, Dr. Gardner found a 43% increase in risk of vascular events (strokes and heart attacks) in people drinking diet sodas.

Rather than reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, diet sodas may actually increase the risk. But why? Reducing sugar intake should be a laudable goal. Since sweeteners contain no calories or sugar, this should be beneficial. Sweeteners also do not seem to raise insulin levels.

Let me put it this way. Reducing dietary sugars is certainly good. But it doesn’t mean that replacing sugar with completely artificial, manmade chemicals of dubious safety is a good idea. I mean, pesticides and herbicides are also considered safe for human consumption. That doesn’t mean we should be going out of our way to eat more of them. (Anti-organic foods? Extra pesticides for worm free apples!)

There are simply too many things that can go wrong with the ingestion of chemicals such as aspartame, sucralose, or acesulfam-K. These are not foods. There is nothing food like about them. They are synthesized in a chemical vat and sold to you because they happen to be sweet and not kill you in the amounts used in foods. Glue won’t kill you either. That doesn’t mean we should be eating it.

Imagine if they advertised “Glue – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!” (at least uno kid in every classroom seems to love the glue stick a little too much)

Imagine if they advertised “Aspartame – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!”

The bottom line is that these chemicals do not help weight loss. They may actually cause weight gain. These artificial chemicals may cause cravings that may induce over-eating of sweet foods. By continually eating sweet foods, even if they have no calories, may lead us to crave other sweet foods that may contain sugar or starches.

The strongest proof of the failure of artificial sweeteners comes from 2 recently completed randomized trials. In “A Randomized Trial of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Adolescent Body Weight” 224 overweight adolescents were divided by random into two groups. One group was given a year’s worth of water and diet drinks to consume.

At the end of 2 years, it is clear that the diet soda (experimental) group was consuming less sugar than the regular (control) group. Eso es bueno. However, if you look at the weight gain, there is no significant difference between the two groups.

In the very same issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, there was another trial reported “A Trial of Sugar-free or Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Body Weight in Children“.

A group of 641 normal weight children were randomly assigned to continue drinking as previously, or switched to diet sodas.

In this case, there was a statistically significant difference between the 2 groups. However, the difference in weight gain is not as dramatic as many hoped. The diet soda group weighed about 1 kg (2.2 lbs) less at the end of 18 months.

So, yes, drinking diet soda will reduce sugar intake. But no, it will not help reduce your weight very much. This, of course, you already knew. Consider all the people you see drinking diet sodas. Do you know anybody at all who has said that drinking diet soda made them lose a lot of weight?

Undoubtedly, their sugar intake was reduced. But their weight was not. This is true for todos. This is common sense, which doesn’t seem so common in academic medicine or nutrition. Weight aside, it is also possible that drinking diet soda may be associated with health problems.

At the March 2014 American College of Cardiology meeting, data was presented that showed an association between drinking diet soda and heart disease. Following 59,614 women over 8.7 years in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, there was a 30% increase risk of cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes) in those drinking 2 or more diet drinks daily.

This certainly does not prove that diet drinks cause heart disease. This is an observational study and cannot be used to show causation. You cannot prove that diet sodas are bad for you. However, it is very strong evidence against the presumption that diet drinks are good for you. So why would the ADA and AHA endorse something that is certainly not good for you? I have a guess – it starts with M and rhymes with honey. Also known as filthy lucre.

A large problem with most nutritional research is that there are often conflicting reports. One study will show a benefit and another study will show the exact opposite. Why is this? Generally, the deciding factor is who has paid for the study.

Consider the case of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). In this study, researchers looked at 17 different reviews of SSBs and weight gain. 83.3% of studies that were sponsored by food companies did not show a relationship between SSBs and weight gain. But in studies that were independent, 83.3% of studies showed the exact opposite – a strong relationship between SSBs and weight gain.

Because research can be used to support whatever viewpoint you have, it is often important to look further into the funding for the study. The final arbiter, though, is common sense. Diet drinks do not make you lose weight. That is common sense. Créelo.

Am I saying that consuming entirely artificial chemicals of unknown toxicity into our bodies because they happen to be sweet is a really, really bad idea? This question kind of answers itself…..

For many health reasons, losing weight is important. It can improve your blood sugars, blood pressure and metabolic health, lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. But it’s not easy. That’s where we can help.


The Diet Soda Delusion – The Epiphenomenon of Obesity V

Replacing a regular sugared drink with diet sodas seems like a good way to lose weight. Diet drinks have zero calories and no sugar. Since this will lower sugar intake, it seems like a good idea. Both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association in 2012 endorsed the use of diet drinks as a way of losing weight and improving health. The evidence for benefit, though is surprisingly scarce.

If diet drinks substantially improved obesity of diabetes, then we would expect that as we increased use of diet drinks, obesity and diabetes would either stabilize or decrease.

From 1960-2000 there has been a 400% increase in the use of diet drinks. The second most popular drink in the world after Coca Cola is Diet Coke, after all. However, the obesity and diabetes epidemic has continued unabated. The only logical conclusion is that diet drinks don’t really help.

Actually, there is substantial evidence that diet drinks may be quite harmful. Dr. Fowler in “Fueling the Obesity Epidemic?” studied 5,158 adults in the San Antonio Heart Study. The risk of becoming overweight in the 7-8 years of follow up was increased by 47% by the use of artificially sweetened drinks. As Dr. Fowler writes

These findings raise the question whether AS (artificial sweetener) use might be fueling—rather than fighting—our escalating obesity epidemic.

The implication is that non caloric sweeteners are not bien, they’re malo. Other studies have some similar findings. In “Diet soda drink consumption is associated with an increased risk of vascular events“, Dr. Gardner found a 43% increase in risk of vascular events (strokes and heart attacks) in people drinking diet sodas.

Rather than reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, diet sodas may actually increase the risk. But why? Reducing sugar intake should be a laudable goal. Since sweeteners contain no calories or sugar, this should be beneficial. Sweeteners also do not seem to raise insulin levels.

Let me put it this way. Reducing dietary sugars is certainly good. But it doesn’t mean that replacing sugar with completely artificial, manmade chemicals of dubious safety is a good idea. I mean, pesticides and herbicides are also considered safe for human consumption. That doesn’t mean we should be going out of our way to eat more of them. (Anti-organic foods? Extra pesticides for worm free apples!)

There are simply too many things that can go wrong with the ingestion of chemicals such as aspartame, sucralose, or acesulfam-K. These are not foods. There is nothing food like about them. They are synthesized in a chemical vat and sold to you because they happen to be sweet and not kill you in the amounts used in foods. Glue won’t kill you either. That doesn’t mean we should be eating it.

Imagine if they advertised “Glue – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!” (at least uno kid in every classroom seems to love the glue stick a little too much)

Imagine if they advertised “Aspartame – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!”

The bottom line is that these chemicals do not help weight loss. They may actually cause weight gain. These artificial chemicals may cause cravings that may induce over-eating of sweet foods. By continually eating sweet foods, even if they have no calories, may lead us to crave other sweet foods that may contain sugar or starches.

The strongest proof of the failure of artificial sweeteners comes from 2 recently completed randomized trials. In “A Randomized Trial of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Adolescent Body Weight” 224 overweight adolescents were divided by random into two groups. One group was given a year’s worth of water and diet drinks to consume.

At the end of 2 years, it is clear that the diet soda (experimental) group was consuming less sugar than the regular (control) group. Eso es bueno. However, if you look at the weight gain, there is no significant difference between the two groups.

In the very same issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, there was another trial reported “A Trial of Sugar-free or Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Body Weight in Children“.

A group of 641 normal weight children were randomly assigned to continue drinking as previously, or switched to diet sodas.

In this case, there was a statistically significant difference between the 2 groups. However, the difference in weight gain is not as dramatic as many hoped. The diet soda group weighed about 1 kg (2.2 lbs) less at the end of 18 months.

So, yes, drinking diet soda will reduce sugar intake. But no, it will not help reduce your weight very much. This, of course, you already knew. Consider all the people you see drinking diet sodas. Do you know anybody at all who has said that drinking diet soda made them lose a lot of weight?

Undoubtedly, their sugar intake was reduced. But their weight was not. This is true for todos. This is common sense, which doesn’t seem so common in academic medicine or nutrition. Weight aside, it is also possible that drinking diet soda may be associated with health problems.

At the March 2014 American College of Cardiology meeting, data was presented that showed an association between drinking diet soda and heart disease. Following 59,614 women over 8.7 years in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, there was a 30% increase risk of cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes) in those drinking 2 or more diet drinks daily.

This certainly does not prove that diet drinks cause heart disease. This is an observational study and cannot be used to show causation. You cannot prove that diet sodas are bad for you. However, it is very strong evidence against the presumption that diet drinks are good for you. So why would the ADA and AHA endorse something that is certainly not good for you? I have a guess – it starts with M and rhymes with honey. Also known as filthy lucre.

A large problem with most nutritional research is that there are often conflicting reports. One study will show a benefit and another study will show the exact opposite. Why is this? Generally, the deciding factor is who has paid for the study.

Consider the case of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). In this study, researchers looked at 17 different reviews of SSBs and weight gain. 83.3% of studies that were sponsored by food companies did not show a relationship between SSBs and weight gain. But in studies that were independent, 83.3% of studies showed the exact opposite – a strong relationship between SSBs and weight gain.

Because research can be used to support whatever viewpoint you have, it is often important to look further into the funding for the study. The final arbiter, though, is common sense. Diet drinks do not make you lose weight. That is common sense. Créelo.

Am I saying that consuming entirely artificial chemicals of unknown toxicity into our bodies because they happen to be sweet is a really, really bad idea? This question kind of answers itself…..

For many health reasons, losing weight is important. It can improve your blood sugars, blood pressure and metabolic health, lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. But it’s not easy. That’s where we can help.


The Diet Soda Delusion – The Epiphenomenon of Obesity V

Replacing a regular sugared drink with diet sodas seems like a good way to lose weight. Diet drinks have zero calories and no sugar. Since this will lower sugar intake, it seems like a good idea. Both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association in 2012 endorsed the use of diet drinks as a way of losing weight and improving health. The evidence for benefit, though is surprisingly scarce.

If diet drinks substantially improved obesity of diabetes, then we would expect that as we increased use of diet drinks, obesity and diabetes would either stabilize or decrease.

From 1960-2000 there has been a 400% increase in the use of diet drinks. The second most popular drink in the world after Coca Cola is Diet Coke, after all. However, the obesity and diabetes epidemic has continued unabated. The only logical conclusion is that diet drinks don’t really help.

Actually, there is substantial evidence that diet drinks may be quite harmful. Dr. Fowler in “Fueling the Obesity Epidemic?” studied 5,158 adults in the San Antonio Heart Study. The risk of becoming overweight in the 7-8 years of follow up was increased by 47% by the use of artificially sweetened drinks. As Dr. Fowler writes

These findings raise the question whether AS (artificial sweetener) use might be fueling—rather than fighting—our escalating obesity epidemic.

The implication is that non caloric sweeteners are not bien, they’re malo. Other studies have some similar findings. In “Diet soda drink consumption is associated with an increased risk of vascular events“, Dr. Gardner found a 43% increase in risk of vascular events (strokes and heart attacks) in people drinking diet sodas.

Rather than reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, diet sodas may actually increase the risk. But why? Reducing sugar intake should be a laudable goal. Since sweeteners contain no calories or sugar, this should be beneficial. Sweeteners also do not seem to raise insulin levels.

Let me put it this way. Reducing dietary sugars is certainly good. But it doesn’t mean that replacing sugar with completely artificial, manmade chemicals of dubious safety is a good idea. I mean, pesticides and herbicides are also considered safe for human consumption. That doesn’t mean we should be going out of our way to eat more of them. (Anti-organic foods? Extra pesticides for worm free apples!)

There are simply too many things that can go wrong with the ingestion of chemicals such as aspartame, sucralose, or acesulfam-K. These are not foods. There is nothing food like about them. They are synthesized in a chemical vat and sold to you because they happen to be sweet and not kill you in the amounts used in foods. Glue won’t kill you either. That doesn’t mean we should be eating it.

Imagine if they advertised “Glue – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!” (at least uno kid in every classroom seems to love the glue stick a little too much)

Imagine if they advertised “Aspartame – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!”

The bottom line is that these chemicals do not help weight loss. They may actually cause weight gain. These artificial chemicals may cause cravings that may induce over-eating of sweet foods. By continually eating sweet foods, even if they have no calories, may lead us to crave other sweet foods that may contain sugar or starches.

The strongest proof of the failure of artificial sweeteners comes from 2 recently completed randomized trials. In “A Randomized Trial of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Adolescent Body Weight” 224 overweight adolescents were divided by random into two groups. One group was given a year’s worth of water and diet drinks to consume.

At the end of 2 years, it is clear that the diet soda (experimental) group was consuming less sugar than the regular (control) group. Eso es bueno. However, if you look at the weight gain, there is no significant difference between the two groups.

In the very same issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, there was another trial reported “A Trial of Sugar-free or Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Body Weight in Children“.

A group of 641 normal weight children were randomly assigned to continue drinking as previously, or switched to diet sodas.

In this case, there was a statistically significant difference between the 2 groups. However, the difference in weight gain is not as dramatic as many hoped. The diet soda group weighed about 1 kg (2.2 lbs) less at the end of 18 months.

So, yes, drinking diet soda will reduce sugar intake. But no, it will not help reduce your weight very much. This, of course, you already knew. Consider all the people you see drinking diet sodas. Do you know anybody at all who has said that drinking diet soda made them lose a lot of weight?

Undoubtedly, their sugar intake was reduced. But their weight was not. This is true for todos. This is common sense, which doesn’t seem so common in academic medicine or nutrition. Weight aside, it is also possible that drinking diet soda may be associated with health problems.

At the March 2014 American College of Cardiology meeting, data was presented that showed an association between drinking diet soda and heart disease. Following 59,614 women over 8.7 years in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, there was a 30% increase risk of cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes) in those drinking 2 or more diet drinks daily.

This certainly does not prove that diet drinks cause heart disease. This is an observational study and cannot be used to show causation. You cannot prove that diet sodas are bad for you. However, it is very strong evidence against the presumption that diet drinks are good for you. So why would the ADA and AHA endorse something that is certainly not good for you? I have a guess – it starts with M and rhymes with honey. Also known as filthy lucre.

A large problem with most nutritional research is that there are often conflicting reports. One study will show a benefit and another study will show the exact opposite. Why is this? Generally, the deciding factor is who has paid for the study.

Consider the case of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). In this study, researchers looked at 17 different reviews of SSBs and weight gain. 83.3% of studies that were sponsored by food companies did not show a relationship between SSBs and weight gain. But in studies that were independent, 83.3% of studies showed the exact opposite – a strong relationship between SSBs and weight gain.

Because research can be used to support whatever viewpoint you have, it is often important to look further into the funding for the study. The final arbiter, though, is common sense. Diet drinks do not make you lose weight. That is common sense. Créelo.

Am I saying that consuming entirely artificial chemicals of unknown toxicity into our bodies because they happen to be sweet is a really, really bad idea? This question kind of answers itself…..

For many health reasons, losing weight is important. It can improve your blood sugars, blood pressure and metabolic health, lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. But it’s not easy. That’s where we can help.


The Diet Soda Delusion – The Epiphenomenon of Obesity V

Replacing a regular sugared drink with diet sodas seems like a good way to lose weight. Diet drinks have zero calories and no sugar. Since this will lower sugar intake, it seems like a good idea. Both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association in 2012 endorsed the use of diet drinks as a way of losing weight and improving health. The evidence for benefit, though is surprisingly scarce.

If diet drinks substantially improved obesity of diabetes, then we would expect that as we increased use of diet drinks, obesity and diabetes would either stabilize or decrease.

From 1960-2000 there has been a 400% increase in the use of diet drinks. The second most popular drink in the world after Coca Cola is Diet Coke, after all. However, the obesity and diabetes epidemic has continued unabated. The only logical conclusion is that diet drinks don’t really help.

Actually, there is substantial evidence that diet drinks may be quite harmful. Dr. Fowler in “Fueling the Obesity Epidemic?” studied 5,158 adults in the San Antonio Heart Study. The risk of becoming overweight in the 7-8 years of follow up was increased by 47% by the use of artificially sweetened drinks. As Dr. Fowler writes

These findings raise the question whether AS (artificial sweetener) use might be fueling—rather than fighting—our escalating obesity epidemic.

The implication is that non caloric sweeteners are not bien, they’re malo. Other studies have some similar findings. In “Diet soda drink consumption is associated with an increased risk of vascular events“, Dr. Gardner found a 43% increase in risk of vascular events (strokes and heart attacks) in people drinking diet sodas.

Rather than reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, diet sodas may actually increase the risk. But why? Reducing sugar intake should be a laudable goal. Since sweeteners contain no calories or sugar, this should be beneficial. Sweeteners also do not seem to raise insulin levels.

Let me put it this way. Reducing dietary sugars is certainly good. But it doesn’t mean that replacing sugar with completely artificial, manmade chemicals of dubious safety is a good idea. I mean, pesticides and herbicides are also considered safe for human consumption. That doesn’t mean we should be going out of our way to eat more of them. (Anti-organic foods? Extra pesticides for worm free apples!)

There are simply too many things that can go wrong with the ingestion of chemicals such as aspartame, sucralose, or acesulfam-K. These are not foods. There is nothing food like about them. They are synthesized in a chemical vat and sold to you because they happen to be sweet and not kill you in the amounts used in foods. Glue won’t kill you either. That doesn’t mean we should be eating it.

Imagine if they advertised “Glue – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!” (at least uno kid in every classroom seems to love the glue stick a little too much)

Imagine if they advertised “Aspartame – tastes good and it won’t kill you, so you should eat more!”

The bottom line is that these chemicals do not help weight loss. They may actually cause weight gain. These artificial chemicals may cause cravings that may induce over-eating of sweet foods. By continually eating sweet foods, even if they have no calories, may lead us to crave other sweet foods that may contain sugar or starches.

The strongest proof of the failure of artificial sweeteners comes from 2 recently completed randomized trials. In “A Randomized Trial of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Adolescent Body Weight” 224 overweight adolescents were divided by random into two groups. One group was given a year’s worth of water and diet drinks to consume.

At the end of 2 years, it is clear that the diet soda (experimental) group was consuming less sugar than the regular (control) group. Eso es bueno. However, if you look at the weight gain, there is no significant difference between the two groups.

In the very same issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, there was another trial reported “A Trial of Sugar-free or Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Body Weight in Children“.

A group of 641 normal weight children were randomly assigned to continue drinking as previously, or switched to diet sodas.

In this case, there was a statistically significant difference between the 2 groups. However, the difference in weight gain is not as dramatic as many hoped. The diet soda group weighed about 1 kg (2.2 lbs) less at the end of 18 months.

So, yes, drinking diet soda will reduce sugar intake. But no, it will not help reduce your weight very much. This, of course, you already knew. Consider all the people you see drinking diet sodas. Do you know anybody at all who has said that drinking diet soda made them lose a lot of weight?

Undoubtedly, their sugar intake was reduced. But their weight was not. This is true for todos. This is common sense, which doesn’t seem so common in academic medicine or nutrition. Weight aside, it is also possible that drinking diet soda may be associated with health problems.

At the March 2014 American College of Cardiology meeting, data was presented that showed an association between drinking diet soda and heart disease. Following 59,614 women over 8.7 years in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, there was a 30% increase risk of cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes) in those drinking 2 or more diet drinks daily.

This certainly does not prove that diet drinks cause heart disease. This is an observational study and cannot be used to show causation. You cannot prove that diet sodas are bad for you. However, it is very strong evidence against the presumption that diet drinks are good for you. So why would the ADA and AHA endorse something that is certainly not good for you? I have a guess – it starts with M and rhymes with honey. Also known as filthy lucre.

A large problem with most nutritional research is that there are often conflicting reports. Un estudio mostrará un beneficio y otro estudio mostrará exactamente lo contrario. ¿Por qué es esto? Generalmente, el factor decisivo es quién ha pagado el estudio.

Considere el caso de las bebidas azucaradas (SSB). En este estudio, los investigadores analizaron 17 revisiones diferentes de SSB y aumento de peso. El 83,3% de los estudios patrocinados por empresas alimentarias no mostraron una relación entre las bebidas azucaradas y el aumento de peso. Pero en estudios independientes, el 83,3% de los estudios mostró exactamente lo contrario: una fuerte relación entre los SSB y el aumento de peso.

Debido a que la investigación se puede utilizar para respaldar cualquier punto de vista que tenga, a menudo es importante investigar más a fondo la financiación del estudio. El árbitro final, sin embargo, es el sentido común. Las bebidas dietéticas no te hacen perder peso. Eso es sentido común. Créelo.

¿Estoy diciendo que consumir sustancias químicas completamente artificiales de toxicidad desconocida en nuestro cuerpo porque resultan ser dulces es una muy, muy mala idea? Esta pregunta se responde por sí misma ...

Por muchas razones de salud, perder peso es importante. Puede mejorar los niveles de azúcar en la sangre, la presión arterial y la salud metabólica, lo que reduce el riesgo de enfermedades cardíacas, derrames cerebrales y cáncer. Pero no es fácil. Ahí es donde podemos ayudar.