View Full Version : Diet Drinks: Helpful or Harmful to Kick the Sugar Habit?

04-07-12, 10:05 AM
Dr. Mark Hyman
3 April 2012

If you saw the recent 60 Minutes (http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7403942n) segment by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the dangers of sugar you might be scared off the sweet stuff for good. It causes heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer and it makes super bad, super dense, super dangerous cholesterol particles. The data is pretty strong on this. Scientists even locked kids in a hospital, fed them sugar and measured their blood every 30 minutes. It didn’t take long for things to turn bad inside.

But if you are thinking that diet soft drinks or artificial or even natural sweeteners are the answer for getting off sugar, think again. Diet drink consumption has increased 400 percent since 1960. It may or may not cause cancer, but the evidence is mounting that it leads to weight gain rather than weight loss.
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04-07-12, 10:36 AM
Good solid information, but statements like this only confuse: "A study of 400 people found that those who drank two diet sodas a day or more increased their waist size by five times." Over what period of time? And what does "five times" mean? They went from a 30" waist to a 150" waist? C'mon, Dr. Hyman!

04-07-12, 11:30 AM
I noted that, too, Islander, and thought it confusing. Another sentence, i don't recall which now, was confusing as well and i thought he could use a good editor.