While just about anything can be part of a healthy diet, there is one thing we could restrict or avoid that would have almost nothing but upside. That thing? Sugar-sweetened beverages. We dive into why that is, some of the challenges around fixing the problem, and more.
- What counts under the umbrella term of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs)
- Whether it’s the sugar or the calories that are the biggest problem
- How SSBs differ from things like cookies, brownies, and other sugar-laden foods
- Why diet sodas might not be the worst substitution to non-diet versions (discuss sucralose)
- Why taxes on SSBs don’t seem to have any effect on consumption
Andreyeva at al., 2022. Meta-analysis of sugar-sweetened beverage tax.
McCrickerd et al., 2014. Study where people ate the same calories at lunch after high or low-calorie beverage.
Yeomans et al., 2016. Study where the consistency of the beverage affected satisfaction.
On Artificial Sweeteners and Food Additives