- A: Foods and beverages use many types of low-calorie sweeteners. Despite some of the internet myths that may end up in your inbox, these low-calorie sweeteners are safe. In fact, they have been approved by regulatory agencies around the world, including the World Health Organization, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), as safe for use in foods and beverages.
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Q: Does aspartame, a low-calorie sweetener used in diet beverages, cause cancer?
A: No! People have safely consumed products containing aspartame for more than thirty years. In fact, since aspartame was first introduced, no scientific evidence has been found linking it to any disease in humans.
The obesity epidemic can be reversed if people stop drinking soda.
Sugar-sweetened beverages account for only 6% of calories in the average American's diet, according to government data.
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Q: Does drinking diet soda cause weight gain?
A: No. In fact, diet sodas, which are 99 percent water, have been proven to be an effective tool for weight loss and weight maintenance.
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Q: Who says low-calorie sweeteners are safe?
A: Low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame, have been extensively tested and declared safe by governmental and independent organizations all over the world.
Taxing soda would reduce obesity.
There is no evidence that soda taxes will have any effect whatsoever on obesity, and one study showed just the opposite.Read More >
The majority of added sugars in the diets of American children come from sugar-sweetened beverages.
Actually, food is the No. 1 source of added sugars in the diets of American children and adolescents...Read More >