According to a federal health study, the number of children that consume artificial sweeteners of some kind has gone from around 6% to about 12.5% since the turn of the century.
Kids are drinking less sugar, but aren't they still getting fatter? What gives?
Dr. Miriam B. Vos of Emory University points out the concerns of scientists. She says:
"We do want children to drink less sugar. But the challenge is that there are no studies that have looked at the long-term health effects of artificial sweeteners in growing children."
So are artificial sweeteners unhealthy?
They have shown some disconcerting effects in animal testing- everything from increased likelihood of cancer to weight gain.
Weight gain?? If that turns out to be true, doesn't it defeat the whole purpose?
But right now the FDA still says diet drinks are safe- in moderation.
Remember, parents- everything is bad for your kids if they have it too much! The silver lining is that even junk foods are probably OK as long as you keep your servings very small.
That's why they sell Ben & Jerry's in pints instead of gallons, right?