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To the editor: Dr. Mercola’s recent comments on sweeteners have been unbalanced and not helpful to readers

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Message: To the Editor:

Dr. Mercola’s recent comments on sweeteners have been unbalanced and not helpful to readers. As a registered dietitian, I make sure to keep myself up-to-date on the research behind these topics and have found that studies show that artificial sweeteners do not cause weight gain. Specifically, a study published last year in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that foods and beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners may help people manage weight, and that people who consume reduced-calorie products have an overall healthier diet.

Furthermore, because these ingredients provide sweetness without many (or any) calories, these sweeteners may help individuals better adhere to a weight loss eating pattern. Even the American Dietetic Association posits that low and no-calorie sweeteners can increase the “palatability of nutrient-dense foods” and “may promote diet healthfulness.”

I counsel my clients that all foods can fit into a healthy diet. The key to enjoying all foods, however, is moderation. Singling out specific ingredients or foods does not help Americans adopt healthy lifestyles – teaching clients how to enjoy foods and beverages that can help with weight loss does.

Thank you.

 

Rima Kleiner, MS, RD

Consultant to the food and beverage industry including The Coca-Cola Company

 

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Dr. Mercola's recent comments include the following:

  1. foodconsumer.org - 7 'Healthy' Foods That Are Making You Fat (comment)

    Jun 8, 2011 ... Posted By DrMercola | June 08 2011. Many foods that are advertised as ...Artificial sweeteners may actually make people more prone to ...
    www.foodconsumer.org/.../7_healthy_foods_that_are_making_you_fat_0608110714.html -
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  2. foodconsumer.org - The 'Other' Sweetener That's Made from Sugar ...

    The 'Other' Sweetener That's Made from Sugar, but is Closer to DDT. 04/26/2011 12:20:00 admin. Posted By DrMercola | April 26 2011 ...
    www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/.../sweetener_ddt_0426110712.html - 
  3. foodconsumer.org - Artificial Sweeteners Don't Fool Your Brain

    Jan 14, 2010 ... Posted by: DrMercola January 14 2010 | 3925 views. While artificialsweeteners may be able to confuse your taste buds, the suspicion is ...
    www.foodconsumer.org/.../artificial_sweeteners_don_t_fool_your_brain_1401100721.html -
  4. foodconsumer.org - Can This Popular Alternative Sweetener Spike ...

    Jul 2, 2010 ... By DrMercola. Many people interested in staying healthy have switched to agave as a safer "natural" sweetener...
    www.foodconsumer.org/.../uric_acid_0107100725.html - 
  5. foodconsumer.org - Artificial Sweeteners -- More Dangerous than ...

    Oct 14, 2009 ... By DrMercola If you still believe sweeteners like Equal and NutraSweet are safe, you'll want to pay very close attention to this special ...
    www.foodconsumer.org/.../artificial_sweeteners_--_more_dangerous_than_you_ever_imagined_1.html - 
  6. foodconsumer.org - Be Aware: this "Food" Radically Increases Your ...

    Jun 8, 2011 ... Follow DrMercola on Twitter Follow DrMercola on Facebook ... The artificial sweetener was approved, not on scientific grounds, ...
    www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Opinion/.../cancer_0608110715.html - 
  7. foodconsumer.org - Sugar May Be Bad, But This Sweetener Is Far ...

    Jan 2, 2010 ... Posted by: DrMercola January 02 2010 ... Fructose, a sweetener usually derived from corn, can cause dangerous growths of fat cells around ...
    www.foodconsumer.org/.../sugar_may_be_bad_but_this_sweetener_is_far_more_deadly_020110070.html - 
  8. foodconsumer.org - Why This Toxic Sweetener is FAR Worse than High ...

    Sep 15, 2010 ... Posted By DrMercola | September 15 2010 ... It's been nearly 20 years since the artificial sweetener aspartame gained FDA approval, ...
    www.foodconsumer.org/.../aspartame_1509010359.html - 
  9. foodconsumer.org - New Report Shows How You Get Addicted to Diet Soda

    Mar 16, 2011 ... Posted By DrMercola | March 16 2011 ... And research also suggests that the artificial sweeteners in diet soda may prompt people to drink ...
    www.foodconsumer.org/.../new_report_shows_how_you_get_addicted_to_diet_soda_0315111115.html - 
  10. foodconsumer.org - One More Reason to Ban Artificial Sweeteners ...

    One More Reason to Ban Artificial Sweeteners from Your Diet. 11/17/2009 05:15:00 admin. Posted by: DrMercola November 17 2009. diet soda ...
    www.foodconsumer.org/.../one_more_reason_to_ban_artificial_sweeteners_from_your_diet_1711.html - 

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