Oops, he did it again. Popular talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz must be getting familiar with various organizations complaining about his sometimes controversial shows. Now, in a statement issued September 27, the Calorie Control Council is attacking Dr. Oz for an episode focusing on studies indicating that artificial sweeteners make you fat.
That show, which aired September 27 (read the full recap here), featured data and studies on how much artificial sweeteners we consume as a nation, and the associated risks. Dr. Oz based his episode on the latest research, including a Yale University study revealing that these fake sugars make us crave more food. Read the details of that study by clicking here.
However, the Calorie Control Council was so quick to contradict Dr. Oz that we received a tweet linking to our article about his show within minutes of publication. The September 27 tweet to us was from an R.D.
"Get real, Dr. Oz! Lo-cal sweetnrs (stet) are great choice for weight control," she wrote to us (note to dieticians: Please do not shoot the messenger).
So who is on the Calorie Control Council? Manufacturers of artificial sweeteners and related products, as well as what the council calls "end users."
The September 27 statement issued by the council said in part: "Today's segment of The Dr. Oz Show claiming low calorie sweeteners cause weight gain was not based on scientific facts and made gross exaggerations when depicting average consumer use of sweeteners, according to the Calorie Control Council."
As for Yale University, we received no response when we asked them to comment on having their research described as "not based on scientific facts."