Artificial Sweeteners
  • When it comes to weight loss, artificial sweeteners may actually make things worse.  A summary of 37 previous studies reveals that using artificial sweeteners at least once a day led to a higher risk of weight gain, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  People who consume artificial sweeteners may error in thinking they can consume more calories without gaining weight.  They may also be more prone to eating processed foods which contain artificial sweeteners, but are linked to hypertension and heart-related issues.  (Source:  KREM 2 News, Angeli Kakade (@angelikakade, Canadian Medical Association Journal, July 17, 2017)
    http://www.cmaj.ca/content/189/28/E929
  • Aspartame is linked to Cancer.
    A study of rats links low doses of aspartame -- the sweetener in Equal, NutraSweet and thousands of consumer products -- to leukemia and lymphoma.  The sweetener is in thousands of products, ranging from yogurt to over-the-counter medicines.  The study comes from an independent research team led by Morando Soffritti, MD, scientific director of the European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences in Bologna, Italy.

    "What I am recommending is for healthy children and women -- if they do not have diabetes -- to avoid consumer use of aspartame," Soffritti tells WebMD.  "We cannot continue to use aspartame in 6,000 types of products, soft drinks, yogurt, and whatever" and watch it diminish our health.  (Source:  “Study links aspartame to cancer,” correspondent Wyatt Andrews, CBS News, and Web MD, July 28 2005) 

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