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Worrisome Diabetes Advice from Reader’s Digest

Dear Reader’s Digest:

I recently reviewed some content on your website that identified The Best and Worst Drinks for Diabetics, and your recommendations were such that I feel compelled to author this response.

In this discussion, which is actually supportive of artificially sweetened beverages your page indicates:

… the American Diabetes Association still suggests that diet soda is a better alternative to a sugar-packed version for people watching their blood sugar. How much: If you already have a soda habit, it’s probably OK to sip one a day instead of a sugary version.

This unfortunate recommendation will likely endanger many diabetics and countless non-diabetics. Continue reading

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Artificially Sweetened Drinks are Not a Healthy Choice

Most people wouldn’t be surprised to learn that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages would be associated with an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes (T2D). In fact, this association has been demonstrated in several well-respected studies. It would be hard to imagine that persistent exposure to such a high dose of refined sugar would not have consequences.

Even though consumers have become more aware of the association of sugar consumption with T2D (and weight gain as well for that matter), there has been a fairly dramatic increase in the consumption of artificially sweetened beverages. To be sure, it’s not just the health risks associated with sugar that have catapulted sales of diet drinks. Manufacturers of these products have dedicated incredible sums in the promotion of these products capitalizing in the misguided belief that they represent a better choice when compared to sugar sweetened drinks. They don’t.

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