I don’t drink diet soda!

The data is very confusing about artificial sweeteners.

What is clear is that obese people drink far more diet soda than others. Is this a sign simply of trying to diet, or do the additives actually increase one’s appetite??  Indeed, artificial sweetener use and obesity have increased in lockstep fashion (see the graph below).

I drink green tea instead.  Every day. I stop before dinner so that the caffeine doesn’t keep me from sleeping.   Click to read about the many benefits of green tea.

Click the 2 articles below if you wish to read more about this; they’re both technical, the 2nd more so:

Time line of artificial sweetener use and obesity trends in the United States. Gain weight by “going diet?” Artificial sweeteners and the neurobiology of sugar cravings Neuroscience 2010. Qing Yang. Yale J Biol Med. 2010 June; 83(2): 101–108.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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