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Sweeteners may be linked to heart disease risk, study suggests

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Not surprising!

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Does anyone drink the equivalent of "one third of a can of soda"? My parents used sweeteners in tea, but it was about five cups a day.

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Naveed Sattar, a professor of metabolic medicine at Glasgow University not involved in the sweetener study, said that it "cannot answer the question posed".

That is one big problem with these kind of studies and it limits a lot what can validly be concluded from them. Exaggerating the problem this is like looking at people that never use sweeteners and also exercise more than 10 hours a week, comparing with people that use a lot of sweeteners and do less than 1 hour of physical exercise and conclude the poorer health of the second group is because of the sweeteners.

At the end the use of sweeteners can be just another consequence of a less healthy lifestyle, which would also be the cause of the higher risk of heart problems. But controlling for all factors of risk, in a study that requires years, is realistically not possible, so the only thing that can be concluded is that there may be a relationship, even if not a causal one.

As mentioned at the end, to get proper conclusions it is necessary for huge investments to be done in order to have the necessary studies done, something on a scale only governments could do.

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Trillions of gallons of diet soda have consumed over the past several decades. If their main ingredient were really a health problem, then the research would have been conclusive ages ago.

The researchers have never detected a mechanism in the human body linking sweeteners to health problems, after thousands of studies. That should tell you something.

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I haven't drank a soda since I was a kid several decades ago.

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I drink 1 cup of soda almost everyday.

Tried many times to "change" my life style, trying every single bottled tea they have available here. But I'm sorry, they are simply undrinkanble. Every single one. Cant wash down a good meal with japanese tea, it only makes the food bitter and you thirsty. Lipton is the only tea I can stand. Japanese even mocked me for calling it "お茶". "ティーでしょ!" I guess they only call お茶 these bitter teeth yellowing stuff they drink everyday.

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Soda of any kind is a poison. The artificial sweeteners have been proven to be even more poisonous than sugar and do not assist with weight control at all as studies have proven over and over again. If everyone just drank water the whole world who experience a huge health boom.

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I hate the artificial sweeteners because I can taste the sweetness hours after consuming it, and I suspect they're bad for our health. But I also believe that soda with regular sugar is even worse, and even fruit juices are not much better. Though I haven't looked much into it, I have more faith in stevia as a sweetener.

Tried many times to "change" my life style, trying every single bottled tea they have available here. But I'm sorry, they are simply undrinkanble. Every single one. Cant wash down a good meal with japanese tea, it only makes the food bitter and you thirsty.

I used to be like that when I was young (could not drink coffee or tea without several teaspoons of sugar), now I very much prefer unsweetened drinks. As we age, we become less sensitive to bitterness.

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What else is new. If we followed the news we couldn't eat or drink anything.

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My go-to sweetener will always be honey. It's good for your throat, supports the pollinating bees, and tastes great. Never understood why people mess around with all those weird aftertaste giving chemical sweetners.

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Stick to beer, black coffee and water and you will live to 100.

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