AAP goes limp on use of nonnutritive sweeteners by children

Itasca, IL – Nonnutritive or artificial sweeteners are a growing part of U.S. diets, now consumed by at least one in four children. A new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement offers a summary of the existing data around nonnutritive sweeteners and recommends future research into how they affect children’s weight, taste preferences, the risk for diabetes, and long-term safety.

The AAP policy statement “The Use of Nonnutritive Sweeteners in Children” published in the November 2019 Pediatrics (published online Oct. 28), recommends that the amount of these no- or low-calorie sweeteners be listed on product labels so families and researchers can better understand how much children are consuming and any possible health effects.

“Looking at the evidence, we found there’s still a lot to learn about the impact of nonnutritive sweeteners on children’s health,” said Carissa Baker-Smith, MD, MPH, FAAP, lead author of the AAP policy statement and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “We need more research into the use of nonnutritive sweeteners and the risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes, especially in children. Considering how many children are regularly consuming these products – which have become ubiquitous — we should have a better understanding of how they impact children’s long-term health.”…


I have a better idea.   Instead of standing by and waiting to see what happens, why not do what’s right for kids and issue a statement on the inadvisability of this grand experiment, addressed to government and industry as well as parents.   They’re so busy “protecting” babies from breast milk and foreskins they can’t be bothered to practice a little precaution and protect them from random hazards in their food, many of which have already been linked to hyperactivity and obesity.

For some reason parents continue to rely on organizations like the AAP to help them navigate the complexities of raising children under a covert eugenics regime, although of course its never admitted as such, especially by its institutional pillars such as the AAP.    The sooner parents wake up to the reality, the better off their kids will be.

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