Low-to-No Sugar Soft Drinks & Adverse Brain Effects?

Before we meet up again next week I thought I’d chuck this in for your consideration …

I know one or two of you like a diet soft drink, of which I’ve raised a tiny bit of scepticism before, since I’ve read in passing that such diet beverages can nonetheless cause rises in BG. Admittedly, I’d have to read more on this subject and ultimately the best guide, in all circumstances, is your very own blood glucose monitor. I know a couple of you have tested BG in specific relation to no-to-low sugar softs and found no clear result, so hey, at the point I have to pipe down!

However, this is an interesting study from point of illustrating science, business, politics and government, all rubbing up against each other in an illuminating fashion.

The US researchers who conducted the survey are very even-handed, saying, ‘This is interesting but it’s not conclusive and more work needs to be done before any real conclusions can be drawn.’

The British Soft Drinks Association unsurprisingly have more of an agenda, saying, ‘This means next to nothing and Public Health England like no-to-low sugar soft drinks as a healthy alternative to sugared beverages’, as though Public Health England are the most infallible source of advice – refer to previous comment on the carb-heavy ‘Eatwell Guide’.

What all this handsomely illustrates is how little we know about anything when it comes to nutrition. Interesting isn’t it that we know far more about the inner activity of tiny particles and the furthest reaches of space than we do about the precise mechanisms of human health. Being cynical, you might wonder if there’s more money in ignorance than in knowledge?

For safety, I’d go with Tam Fry’s advice at the end of the article – but each to their own refreshment!


Thank You and Happy Easter!

This is a message to everyone doing Dia-Beat This! and to anyone beyond who checks in here.

Basically, T2D reversal is possible, it does take focus but it’s not complicated and we have 39 people who are conclusively proving that it’s achievable.

This is a quick message to say ‘Thank You’ for your hard work in taking control of your health.

Well done, thank you all and keep on!

T2D BG Testing / Education Project

As you know, I’ve been stressing the importance of BG testing as a means of understanding your particular shape of T2D. It’s useful when reversing your diabetes but possibly even more important in the maintenence phase, as you go on learning about what foods spike and which don’t.

This project is aimed at precisely that and has been brought to our attention by Phil at the Barrow group – thank you Phil!

Have a look and let me know what you think in the week:


Daily Mail Article

Articles on T2D reversal seem to come thick and fast these days and thank you to our reversee friend Patrick for passing this link on to us:


The headline is repeating the idea that T2D is caused by a lack of exercise, which as Michael Mosley says underneath is only part of the picture.

It won’t tell most of us Dia-Beatists more than we already know, but it’s interesting to see this information gaining more and more traction.

As always, the comments underneath the article are sort of interesting, a mix of the intolerant and the more informed.



You know the old schoolyard rhyme: ‘Heinz Beans, good for the heart / The more you eat, the … better you feel’ (sic)

I’ve been wrestling with legumes for a while now – which is not a pretty picture, I grant you.

The thing is, the little fellers are undoubtedly good for the average person. They’re full of all sorts of good nourishment and fibre … but they’re also perhaps rather carby. We know, for example, that one of our Kendal group has a problem with chickpeas and BG spikes.

This isn’t the case for everyone though. So, experiment with your legumes. Have a nice portion and then an hour / two hours later, check you BG and see if they made a spike or not. Try this a couple of times, to be sure.

If they don’t upset your BG, dig in, as these little fellers are tasty, eco-friendly and a good source of plant protein. Obviously, be careful of the aforementioned canned beans, as they come in a very sugary sauce. A low sugar version is available and not so bad, if you sieve out most of the sauce.

Read more legume news here:


By the way, you’re probably already familiar with diabetes.co.uk but if you’re not, it’s a great source of information and worth checking on regularly. Their forum is great.

Robert Lustig – ‘Sugar – The Elephant in the Kitchen’

This is TED talk is excellent. Robert Lustig has been posted on this site before, do scroll down if you want to see ‘Sugar: The Bitter Truth.’

This is more condensed and none the worse for it. I came across the link to this in my old research notebook. All you on the Dia-Beat This! course will get a lot more out of watching this now than you would 12 weeks ago.

Do have a look, it’s 22 mins long and well worth the time. Yes, as far as you’re concerned, it’s preaching to the now-converted but if it helps fuel your sense of injustice that our diets have got this bad and if it feeds you some more food for though, it’s worth a watch.

Joanna Blythman – ‘Swallow This’

As promised, here’s a link to Joanna Blythman’s ‘Swallow This.’

If any of you still need to be put of processed food, this should do it once and for all …


It’s worth noting that the book is a journalistic polemic against processed food, not a scientific primer on the subject but, as with Gary Taubes’ work on sugar, you get a good sense of where the problem areas are.

‘Catalyst’ – Great Aussie TV Programme on LCHF

The Australians are streets ahead of us in terms of the quality of the TV coverage they’re giving to LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) and T2D reversal.

As well at the excellent Insight TV programme which you can find elsewhere on this site (scroll down, posted 5.2.17), which features both Michael Mosley and Roy Taylor, this 30 min programme on LCHF and T2D is clear, concise, informative and comes to us via Dr David Unwin – thank you, David.


If you want to give someone the lowdown on LCHF and its role in T2D reversal, this would be 30 mins of their time well spent. Even for people like ourselves, who now know the dangers of sharb-infested waters, this is an interesting watch.

If you want to be mildly scandalised (but probably not all that surprised), there’s a good bit about 24 mins in, where hospital food is being discussed, notably a sample breakfast of toast, cereal and OJ which breaks down to a glycemic equivalent of 14 teaspoons of sugar.

At some point in the not-too-distant future, people will look back at where we are now and think, ‘Why was that ever tolerated?’ Come the day …