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Sixty seconds on . . . diet drinks

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 10 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j96
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

They’re not bad for us as well, are they?

A commentary in PLOS Medicine warns that there is scant evidence that so called diet (artificially sweetened) drinks help people lose weight and that they should not be recommended as part of a healthy diet.1

What are the arguments based on?

The authors say that studies show that diet drinks may trigger compensatory food intake by stimulating sweet taste receptors. They also warn of a psychological effect: consumers may …

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