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A new obesity study (Does Low-Energy Sweetener Consumption Affect Energy Intake and Body Weight?) led by Prof. Peter Rogers, PhD, of the University of Bristol, arrives at the following conclusion:
Liar, liar, pants on fire.
In point of fact, the aspartame in Diet Coke actually contributes to weight gain - particularly ironic for a "diet" product!
What's even more interesting, but not surprising, is that the study was backed by Coca-Cola and Pepsi. The group behind the study, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), even has representatives of both beverage giants on its Eating Behavior and Energy Balance Task Force.
The conflict of interest might explain why Prof. Rogers and the other authors selected the one paper (out of 5,500 that were reviewed) that supported the idea that diet soda was better than water at controlling weight and energy intake.
That paper, by the way, was funded by the American Beverage Association.
If the term "energy balance" sounds familiar, it is because Coca-Cola was recently embarrassed when one of its executives was forced to step down after emails showed the company was behind an "independent" nonprofit group called the Global Energy Balance Network, a group that promoted the notion that lack of exercise, not bad diet, is primarily responsible for the obesity epidemic.
Diet Coke has the following ingredients:
A study presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology found that women who drink diet sodas are much more likely develop heart disease and even die than other women.
Women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day were 30% more likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular "event," and were 50% more likely to die than women who rarely drink diet sodas.
Shame on those involved in this for thinking that their manufactured, aspartame-filled beverages can improve upon water - the essence of life!