• Veritas Prep
    Free Veritas GMAT Class
    Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Veritas Prep
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    Free Practice Test & Review
    How would you score if you took the GMAT

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Kaplan Test Prep
  • e-gmat Exclusive Offer
    Get 300+ Practice Questions
    25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    e-gmat Exclusive Offer
  • Target Test Prep
    5-Day Free Trial
    5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Target Test Prep
  • Varsity Tutors
    Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
    Register now and save up to $200

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Varsity Tutors
  • Magoosh
    Magoosh
    Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Magoosh
  • Economist Test Prep
    Free Trial & Practice Exam
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Economist Test Prep
  • PrepScholar GMAT
    5 Day FREE Trial
    Study Smarter, Not Harder

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    PrepScholar GMAT
  • EMPOWERgmat Slider
    1 Hour Free
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    EMPOWERgmat Slider

Experts, please review my essay: GMAT in two months !

This topic has 1 member reply

Please rate it

2
 
0% (0 votes)
3, 3.5
 
0% (0 votes)
4,4.5
 
0% (0 votes)
5,5.5
 
0% (0 votes)
tanvis1120 Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts
Joined
28 Dec 2013
Posted:
95 messages
Followed by:
4 members
Upvotes:
2
Target GMAT Score:
750

Experts, please review my essay: GMAT in two months !

Post Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:44 am
The following appeared in the health section of a magazine on trends and lifestyles:
“People who use the artificial sweetener aspartame are better off consuming sugar, since aspartame can actually contribute to weight gain rather than weight loss. For example, high levels of aspartame have been shown to trigger a craving for food by depleting the brain of a chemical that registers satiety, or the sense of being full. Furthermore, studies suggest that sugars, if consumed after at least 45 minutes of continuous exercise, actually enhance the body’s ability to burn fat. Consequently, those who drink aspartame-sweetened juices after exercise will also lose this calorie-burning benefit. Thus it appears that people consuming aspartame rather than sugar are unlikely to achieve their dietary goals.”
Discuss how well reasoned . . . etc.



The author of the argument above claims that people who use artificial sweetener, aspartame are less likely to achieve their dietary goal as compared to those who use sugar. Though his claim may well have merit, the author presents a poorly reasoned argument, based on several questionable premises and assumptions, and based solely on the evidence he offers. Hence, his argument cannot be considered as valid.

First, the author mentions that consuming aspartame can actually contribute to weight gain instead of weight loss. He has not provided clear evidence in support of this statement. Also, he is not certain about his claim as he mentions it “can” contribute to weight gain rather than it “does”. Aspartame might actually be a medically approved sweetener, suggested by experts for weight loss along with physical activity which is a very important factor to lose weight. The statement he has made needs to be strengthened by providing references in the form of medical approval. This can also be supported by feedback from customers who actually used aspartame and gained weight rather than losing it. It can be possible that lack of physical activity is causing people to gain weight, rather than consuming aspartame alone. Thus, the author’s argument is based on a number of reasons he has ignored.

Second, the author provides an example to prove his point that high level of aspartame has shown to increase craving for food by attacking a chemical in brain which accounts for satiating hunger. This, in fact, may be true only for those consuming “high level” of this sweetener, more than prescribed. Hence, the author is not clear about his claim.

Third, the author jumps to a conclusion that drinking aspartame post exercise leads people lose their calorie burning benefit. He has not provided any point to support his claim. He has not even mentioned any comparison between the effects of consuming sugar and aspartame post exercise. On the contrary, he simply concluded the consequence of aspartame consumption based on sugar consumption. So, he has utterly failed to prove his point.

The argument is flawed because it does not offer the factual evidence necessary to support the assertion that consuming aspartame is detrimental to a person’s dietary goal achievement. If the author truly hopes to prove his points, he should fix the flaws in his unproven assumptions, clearly explicate his evidences, and provide real life examples. Without all this, the author fails to persuade the readers of this argument.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Need free GMAT or MBA advice from an expert? Register for Beat The GMAT now and post your question in these forums!
tanvis1120 Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts
Joined
28 Dec 2013
Posted:
95 messages
Followed by:
4 members
Upvotes:
2
Target GMAT Score:
750
Top Reply
Post Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:01 pm
Could an expert please look into it ?

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag

Best Conversation Starters

1 lheiannie07 112 topics
2 swerve 64 topics
3 LUANDATO 64 topics
4 ardz24 61 topics
5 AAPL 57 topics
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members...

Most Active Experts

1 image description Scott@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

227 posts
2 image description Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

176 posts
3 image description Jeff@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

168 posts
4 image description Rich.C@EMPOWERgma...

EMPOWERgmat

138 posts
5 image description GMATGuruNY

The Princeton Review Teacher

129 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts