From: Noel Taylor
Received: Feb. 2
Your Feb. 2 Associated Press article “Healthy Lessons” on Page A6 starts off with a false lesson: “Goodbye candy bars and sugary cookies. Hello baked chips and diet drinks.” What’s false is the message that diet drinks help you lose weight.
Almost all diet drinks contain aspartame, a very sweet substance which decomposes into methanol among other things, and metabolizes in the body into formaldehyde. Both cross the blood-brain barrier, resulting in some very anti-diet results.
One specific outcome known to medical science for a quarter-century now is the suppression of serotonin production in the brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter which is responsible for mood. It’s also responsible for suppressing carbohydrate appetite. So a diet drink user is far more likely than a regular soft-drink user to be depressed and to crave more carbs. The long-term result is weight gain, not loss. In short, diet drinks aren’t.