A recent “study” is all over the news this week.
“Artificial Sweeteners Makes you Fatter”
(Okay, I’m paraphrasing … but that’s the gist of it.)
So I look at the abstract for the study (because no, I’m not shelling out money to read the whole thing, which I probably wouldn’t understand anyhow):
And basically, they looked at 11,000 studies and then picked 37 studies to focus on. Depending on the criteria of choosing those 37 studies this could be a big cherry picking warning; but that doesn’t worry me so much because the results are a big no-duh to me.
Evidence from [randomized control trials (RCTs)] does not clearly support the intended benefits of nonnutritive sweeteners for weight management, and observational data suggest that routine intake of nonnutritive sweeteners may be associated with increased BMI and cardiometabolic risk.
Well, no shit Sherlock.
But which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Fat people have been encouraged for lo these many years to reduce calories. So we started using artificial sweeteners. Fat people are encouraged to diet (and as a part of dieting, use artificial sweeteners). Being fat is associated with diabetes and various cardiometabolic risks.
Dieting makes you fatter. Being fatter puts you at a greater risk for certain health conditions (and being fatter, also gives you a better chance of living longer with many of these health conditions than a non-fat person with the same condition).
This is a real clear case of correlation does not equal causation.
Is something going on? Who the fuck knows. Beyond what we already know about fatness and dieting? Not me, and not these researchers.
All we know is artificial sweeteners are used to make things taste sweet without a lot of calories, and people use them.
As for me, y’all know I’m so sweet I just have to dip my little finger into my coffee to sweeten it up!