Industry rejects health concerns over artificial sweeteners found in diet soft drinks

11 July 2013

The Australian Beverages Council, representing 95% of the non-alcoholic beverages industry, has today rejected and severely criticised claims that artificial sweeteners, like those found in diet soft drinks, can lead to weight gain or increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
“Artificial or low-kilojoule sweeteners are some of the most studied ingredients in the food supply. Regulatory agencies from around the world including the European Food Safety Authority, the US Food and Drug Administration and our own Food Standards Australia have declared them safe for use” said the Council’s CEO, Mr Geoff Parker.
“This latest report in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, which is an opinion piece and not a scientific, peer-reviewed paper, is in contradiction to hundreds of studies that not only point to the


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