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The Age of Aspartame May Be Coming To An End As More Health Risks Are Confirmed

The Age Of Aspartame May Be Coming To An End As More Health Risks Are Confirmedimage © mamamiapl – fotolia.com

Just because something is touted as “sugar-free”, does it mean it’s healthy? Recent studies have shown that not only does artificial sweetener intake have an association with diabetes, [1] it also increases the risk for heart, kidney, and brain damage. [2]

Aspartame was an accidental discovery by the G.D. Searle Company (a pharmaceutical company) back in 1969, reporting that aspartame was an “organic compound with a profound sucrose-like taste”. In the 1970s, several studies were done on aspartame revealing truly terrifying results. G.D. Searle submitted false results to the FDA because the studies showed that aspartame intake caused death and grand mal seizures in their test subjects (infant monkeys). Other studies revealed that aspartame caused neurotoxicity and brain damage. [3][4] Despite being banned twice by the FDA, aspartame is once again legal and being consumed by potentially millions of people all over the world.

University Of Iowa 2014 Study on Aspartame

One of the biggest and most recent studies on aspartame was conducted by the University of Iowa, revealing how women who consumed diet drinks on a daily basis had an increased risk for heart disease by as much as 50 percent – scary numbers, considering that these women choose diet over regular soda or juice to “keep healthy”. The results of the study were conclusive, women who drank two or more servings of diet drinks were:
• 30 percent more likely to experience a cardiovascular event like stroke or heart attack
• 50 percent more likely to die from a cardiovascular-related disease

The study first conducted a survey among the participants, categorizing them into two or more, five to seven, one to four, and zero to three diets drinks a day. The follow-up was done 8.7 years later, a time period where cardiovascular events are known to occur after exposure to a risk factor. Even after taking into account extraneous factors like age, BMI, hormone therapy use, physical activity, and vices, the association was still present. The UI study also noted that women who drank two or more drinks a day had a higher likelihood of being young and smokers, as well as an increased prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, and higher BMI. [5]

Intake of Diet Drinks in the US

According to the UI, one in five Americans consumes diet drinks – that’s almost 20 percent or 63 million Americans. If these risks are present and proven by scientific studies, how come so many people are still partaking in this – technically speaking — dangerous health activity? A lack of awareness coupled with the increasing attempts by aspartame developers and manufacturers of food who use aspartame to hide the truth from the public cause the public’s risk for heart and metabolic diseases to keep increasing. We need to be informed, and if the people responsible for keeping the public safe won’t do it for us, we’re going to have to do it for ourselves.

References:

[1] Suez, J., et. al. (2014). Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbia. http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.1038/nature13793

[2] UI Health Marketing and Communications. UI study finds diet drinks associated with heart trouble for older women. http://now.uiowa.edu/2014/03/ui-study-finds-diet-drinks-associated-heart-trouble-older-women

[3] US Food and Drug Administration. Aspartame History. http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/Jan03/012203/02P-0317_emc-000202.txt

[4] US Food and Drug Administration. Reported Aspartame Toxicity Effects. http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/jan03/012203/02p-0317_emc-000199.txt

[5] Vyas, A., et. al. (2015). Diet Drink Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Events: A Report from the Women’s Health Initiative. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25515135

Is This The End Of Diet Soda? Huge Study Links Aspartame To Major Health Problems; Sales Drop…

Is This The End For Diet Soda?

As concerns about health epidemics plague the nation, demand and sales of diet soda have plunged as consumers try to make better choices. As WeSupportOrganic.com reported recently, Aspartame (the main sweetener for diet soda – check the labels) is regarded by scientists as one of the most dangerous ingredients used in our food supply, who have linked it to seizures and a host of other major health issues including fatal cardiovascular events. [1]

In a newly published study [2] (presented in 2014 at the American College of Cardiology, Washington D.C.), 60,000 women were sampled over ten years. It was shown that women who drink two or more diet drinks a day have much higher cardiovascular disease rates and are more likely to die from the disease.

“30% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, 50% more likely to die from related disease…”

In the largest study done of its kind, The University of Iowa concluded:

“…Compared to women who never or only rarely consume diet drinks, those who consume two or more a day are 30 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event [heart attack or stroke] and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease.

This is one of the largest studies on this topic, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks to the metabolic syndrome,’ says Dr. Ankur Vyas… the lead investigator of the study.

…The association persisted even after researchers adjusted the data to account for demographic characteristics and other cardiovascular risk factors, including body mass index, smoking, hormone therapy use, physical activity, energy intake, salt intake, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and sugar-sweetened beverage intake. On average, women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day were younger, more likely to be smokers, and had a higher prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and higher body mass index.” [3]

Soda sales slipping… Thankfully this study comes on the heels of reports of already slipping sales of diet soda, one of the largest aspartame markets.

According to Time Magazine’s 2014 report:

“One reason for the decline could be a growing awareness of the obesity epidemic in the US and growing health concerns surrounding sugar-sweetened beverages. According to Reuters, industry experts say the beverage industry is shrinking under the scrutiny. Even diet-branded drinks have suffered a loss of sales with concerns over artificial sweeteners.” [4]

Whatever the reason for the decline, this new study should only add fuel to the movement away from artificial sweeteners. There are plenty of natural sweeteners that people can choose that are regarded as much healthier than aspartame.

Another important note is that the overall sales of soda going down also means that less people are being exposed to (mostly GMO) high fructose corn syrup which carries a whole host of other health risks as well. [5]

Super Tip: We also have an awesome guide to making your own refreshing drinks using all natural, healthy ingredients: Check it out here – 10 Healthiest Drink Recipes In The World.

Article from WeSupportOrganic.com, lic. under Creative Commons.