April 21, 2017

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!

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