To the editor: Dr. Mercola’s recent comments on sweeteners have been unbalanced and not helpful to readers
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.
Rima Kleiner, MS, RD
Consultant to the food and beverage industry including The Coca-Cola Company
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