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Is It Bad For You?! Artificial Sweeteners & Energy Drinks

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Welcome back to Chat Sh*t Get Fit and welcome to our brand new series "Is It Bad For You?" A series where we are going to explore numerous things in the industry exploring the science and our own thoughts to come to a conclusion if something is indeed bad for you!


We start with a big one! Artificial sweeteners and energy drinks get a lot of stick as being "full of chemicals" that "rot the body" "give you cancer" basically a magnitude of undesirable health effects...The question is...are these claims backed the evidence or is it simply a case of a fear of chemicals and misinformation spreading like wildfire. Are 4-5 cans of diet coke going to mess you up? Is a can of Monster Energy going to rot your insides? Is caffeine in energy drinks more dangerous than that of coffee? We look at recommendations from various health organisations as well as the current scientific literature and by the end, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to tackle any "Facebook Warriors" in the future in reference to this topic.


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Studies Mentioned

FDA Recommendations

EFSA Recommendations

The Impact of Artificial Sweeteners on Body Weight Control and Glucose Homeostasis

Evaluation of aspartame cancer epidemiology studies based on quality appraisal criteria

Aspartame and Susceptibility to Headache

Aspartame is no more likely than placebo to cause urticaria/angioedema

Aspartame: A Safety Evaluation Based on Current Use Levels, Regulations, and Toxicological and Epidemiological Studies

Metabolic effects of aspartame in adulthood: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials

Nonnutritive sweeteners and cardiometabolic health: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and prospective cohort studies

Does low-energy sweetener consumption affect energy intake and body weight? A systematic review, including meta-analyses, of the evidence from human and animal studies

Effects of nonnutritive sweeteners on body weight and BMI in diverse clinical contexts: Systematic review and meta-analysis

The effects of water and non‐nutritive sweetened beverages on weight loss and weight maintenance: A randomized clinical trial

Nonnutritive Sweeteners in Weight Management and Chronic Disease: A Review

Low-calorie sweetener use and energy balance: Results from experimental studies in animals, and large-scale prospective studies in humans

The role of low-calorie sweeteners in the prevention and management of overweight and obesity: evidence v. conjecture

Effect of Steviol Glycosides on Human Health with Emphasis on Type 2 Diabetic Biomarkers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

International Society of Sports Nutrition position stand: energy drinks

The Safety of Ingested Caffeine: A Comprehensive Review

International society of sports nutrition position stand: caffeine and exercise performance

Energy Drinks and Their Adverse Health Effects: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

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