(Health Secrets) Women who drink at least two diet sodas a day experience a 30 percent drop in kidney function over the course of a decade, according to a recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology in San Diego. Findings indicate that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose are the culprits in the rapid degeneration of glomerular filtration rates in the kidneys of those consuming excessive amounts of artificially sweetened diet sodas.
Dr. Julie Lin of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and her colleague Dr. Gary Curhan conducted the research correlating artificial sweetener intake to kidney degradation. This research highlights just one of the many dangers posed by artificial sweetener consumption.
Another study, conducted by Dr. Morando Soffritti of the esteemed European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences and the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center, confirmed once again what independent scientists discovered over thirty years ago; aspartame consumption leads to all sorts of illness and disease including cancerous tumors, lymphomas, leukemias, lesions in various organs, transitional cell carcinomas, nerve damage, seizures and premature death.
The original approval of aspartame by the FDA involved questionable studies that were later investigated by the drug enforcement division of the Bureau of Foods. Though found to be faulty and riddled with errors, the FDA ignored both these reports and the slew of adverse event data that surfaced following aspartame’s approval. Between 1974 when aspartame was approved and 1990, the number of brain tumors in people over the age of 65 had increased by 67 percent, a correlation the FDA chose to overlook.
Similarly sucralose, a chlorocarbon popularly marketed as Splenda, has been implicated in causing severe chronic illness as well, including brain and nervous system disorders, migraine headaches, cancers and immune-system debilitation.
Though touted as safe, the chlorocarbon components of sucralose are verifiable toxins. Those who have experienced negative symptoms from sucralose often recover following discontinuation of use. Laboratory tests have concluded that long-term sucralose consumption shrinks the thymus gland, the biological source of the immune system.
According to Dr. Soffritti’s research group, most studies alleging the safety of artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose fail to use internationally-recognized good laboratory practices for conducting carcinogenicity bioassays, and thus arrive at faulty outcomes. Rather than objectively seeking truthful results, such studies are often funded by the very companies producing the additive in question.
Preferable options to artificial sweeteners include raw honey and raw agave nectar which are healthy, enzyme-rich sweeteners that work great in moderation. Natural stevia plant extract is another excellent option as it contains no sugar, no calories, and is completely safe and suitable for those with a diabetic condition or for those who are simply looking to cut sugar intake.
Soda alternatives include soda water sweetened with stevia or fruit juice. Some companies even produce flavored stevia extracts such as root beer and vanilla, offering a variety of options for making delicious, healthy beverages.
There are plenty of alternatives to such artificial chemical sweeteners as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin, but they are not often used in processed foods. You can chalk this up as yet another great motivation to pursue whole, healthy foods as part of your regular diet.
Published with permission from Alignlife. Original article link is here.