Diet beverages, or artificially-sweetened beverages (ASBs), became popular over the last few decades, largely due to successful marketing campaigns implying that consumption of these beverages would assist in weight control or weight loss. This review examines the existing evidence on the relationship between the consumption of diet beverages and the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Findings from the review suggest that the presently available research on human epidemiologic and experimental studies on ASB intake and the risk for obesity and related chronic disease is lacking in rigor and consistency. The author concludes that based on the current scientific evidence, a blanket recommendation to either consume or avoid ASBs cannot be made.
Diet Beverages and the Risk of Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease: A Review of the Evidence
U.S. states have introduced bills requiring sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to display health warning labels. This study examined how warning labels influence parents and which labels are most effective. Over 2,000 demographically and educationally diverse parents of children ages 6 to 11 participated in an online survey. Parents were randomized to … More
This Brief summarizes select characteristics of state-level policies and programs to test for lead in school drinking water. It is based on a study from researchers at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of California Nutrition Policy Institute. The full results of the study, … More
This study examined the relationship between parental sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) attitudes and SSB consumption during the first 1,000 days – gestation to age 2 years. The study population consisted of 394 WIC-enrolled, Hispanic/Latino families living in northern Manhattan. Parental SSB attitudes were determined through a four question survey that used … More