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To the Editor:
The point of conducting a scientific study is to find an answer to a theory or question. Yet, a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, included almost half a million Europeans and lasted for 16 years, came up blank for an answer. The point of the study was to see how the mortality of consumers of soft-drinks; sugary and sugar-free, compared to each other. In Andrew Jacobs’s Septembet 6th, 2019 article “Death by Diet Soda?” Jacobs said that there are many studies done on the consumption of sweetened drinks, which have been unable to definitively state whether it is in fact healthier to drink Diet Coke over regular Coca-Cola. “This is a huge study, with a half million people in 10 countries, but I don’t think it adds to what we already know,” claimed Vasanti S. Malik, a researcher at the Harvard T.H. The effect on the health of a consumer that drinks sugary beverages compared to drinking sugar-free beverages, has been a long going investigation. What’s the point of a scientific study that doesn’t help me pick the safer beverage? The studies haven’t been able to come up with a definitive answer about which drink is safer and considered healthier, and that answer might never come.
Consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks was positively associated with deaths from circulatory diseases, and sugar-sweetened soft drinks were associated with deaths from digestive diseases. None of the studies done on this topic, have proven that the consumption of sugary beverages is the direct cause of an early death or other diseases. The only thing proven is a small correlation, not a cause. I am a consumer of Diet Coke myself. I have been drinking Diet Coke since I was a teenager, and it was because I believed it to be a better alternative than regular Coke. However, these recent studies just show that the artificial sugars in Diet Coke aren’t proven to be better to consume than the actual sugar in Coke. The studies haven’t been able to prove that drinking Diet Coke is the safer alternative to drinking regular Coke. After all the time and effort put into the scientific studies, they managed to prove nothing new or concrete.
The studies done on the consumption of artificial sugar beverages have been misleading to say the least. Some studies have found a correlation between artificial sweeteners and weight loss, but others have suggested they may increase cravings for sugary foods. Both of these studies were done to find how artificial sweeteners affect our bodies, but one study says it’s beneficial to us, and the other says it’s detrimental to us. The fact of the matter is that, these scientific studies done have been able to prove nothing concrete, no matter how many years go by or how many people are involved. Even though the studies haven’t been the most helpful in the choice of beverage consumption, they are made through hard work and dedication. The people involved in each study work hard to try to get the answer to their questions, even if the work doesn’t pay off. Science owes us answers and we will get them, no matter what it takes. This inconclusiveness can be a potential health crisis for consumers who read and believe the countless studies done, which tell them different things about their future health. We can’t put the lives of our people at risk who are mislead by these inconclusive scientific studies. Researchers and scientists must try harder to get a conclusive answer that will help protect the health of the people.
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