So far we’ve reviewed the cover stories, pages 1-10, pages 11-21 and pages 22-39. We’re nearly at the staple, without a hint of any remotely credible advice that doctors don’t give you. Lots of adverts, though.
Page 40 is the start of an article titled “sweet not-so-nothings”. (it runs on pp. 41, 43, 44, 47, and a listicle on page 49 (the intervening pages being advertisements), and which advances this idea:
Artificial sweeteners may have zero calories, but they cause weight gain by boosting blood sugar and crippling the system that regulates it.
Aside from the missing word “may” (as in they may cause weight gain and it may be by this mechanism), this is all consistent with current science.
The inherent problem with artificial sweeteners is that they are promoted as a magic bullet to achieve weight loss without changing your behaviour. Any long-term reader of these pages will know that miracle cures, never are.
And the essential problem with the WDDTY article is that it uses studies such as Fueling the Obesity Epidemic? Artificially Sweetened Beverage Use and Long-term Weight Gain to assert a proven causal link. Continue reading July 2015 in review: Part 4