Alerta sobre Aspartame: Refrigerentes dietéticos alteram funções e células dos rins
Aspartame alert: Diet soda destroys kidney function
Thursday, December 17, 2009 by: E. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston
have revealed results from a study outlining some of the effects of
artificial sweeteners on the body. Conducted on a group of 3,000 women,
the results indicated that those who drank two or more
artificially-sweetened beverages a day doubled their risk of
more-rapid-than-normal kidney function decline.
accounted for various other risk factors including the woman’s age, her
blood pressure, if she smoked, and if she had any other pre-existing
conditions such as heart disease or diabetes.
The 11-year study evaluated the effects of all sweetened drinks on
progressive kidney decline and discovered that two or more diet drinks
leads to a two-fold increase in rapid kidney decline incidences.
study results did not show any correlation between sugar- or corn
syrup-sweetened drinks and the onset of rapid kidney decline, these
ingredients are implicated in causing diabetes and obesity and should
not be perceived as safe merely because they did not have a direct
correlation in this particular study topic.
High sodium intake was also implicated in the study as promoting progressive kidney decline. Since diet soda contains excessive amounts of sodium, higher than sugar
soda, it is no surprise that diet sodas were the primary offenders in
the study. However it is unclear from this particular study which
ingredient plays the larger role in progressive kidney decline, the artificial sweeteners or the sodium content.
Studies on aspartame
aspartame was first approved in the 1970s under the name "NutraSweet",
studies were submitted as supposed proof that the artificial chemical
was safe. The FDA initially approved the chemical in 1974 for use in a
limited number of foods based upon the studies submitted by G.D. Searle
Co., the company that invented aspartame.
Following a discovery
made shortly thereafter by a research psychiatrist who found that
aspartic acid, a primary ingredient in aspartame, caused holes to form
in the brains of mice, the FDA decided to form its own internal task force to investigate the initial claims made by the Searle Co.
the agency discovered was a series of falsified claims, compromised
study results, and missing information. The claims made in favor of
aspartame were so dubious and the evidence so faulty that the FDA
decreed that a grand jury should investigate Searle Co.’s claims.
Unfortunately, the case failed to move forward when U.S. Attorney
Thomas Sullivan and Assistant U.S. Attorney William Conlon failed to
initiate any legal action. Conlon was later hired by the law firm that
represented Searle Co.
Investigation revealed that aspartame had caused tumors, seizures, brain holes, and death in many of the studies. All
negative findings had been altered or scrubbed from the final reports
delivered to the FDA when aspartame was first reviewed.
and time again the question over whether aspartame is safe has led to
investigations that never go anywhere. Studies are continually released
in support of the chemical’s safety even though they fail to address
the results of other studies that show it to be harmful.
Other artificial sweeteners
A study published in the January, 2008 issue of the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health revealed that the newer artificial sweetener, sucralose, alters gut microflora and inhibits the assimilation of dietary nutrients.
Commonly marketed as being "made from sugar", sucralose
had undergone no long-term human studies to verify its safety in
humans. Like aspartame, initial studies revealed negative reactions by
lab animals on whom it was tested, indicating that there could be the
same potential problems in humans.
The EU Food Commission, Canadian health
officials, and the U.S. FDA all rejected the initial studies submitted
by McNeil Nutritionals, the marketers of sucralose, because of the
negative results. However they encouraged the company to continue
researching until they "got it right". McNeil simply lowered the levels
of sucralose used in their studies until an acceptable limit was found.
After several tries, sucralose was finally approved.
Stevia, a safe alternative
great many varieties of artificial sweeteners have been approved, many
scandalously, despite the fact that safe, natural alternatives exist.
Stevia, for instance, is a sweet herb from South America that is up to
300 times sweeter than sugar. Claiming inadequate safety research, the
FDA has long refused the herb from being included on the "generally
recognized as safe" (GRAS) list.
the parent companies of both Pepsi and Coca-Cola discovered how to
manipulate and patent a segment of stevia, however, it suddenly became
safe to use as a sweetener and is now sold on grocery store shelves in
packets similar to the artificial sweeteners. The FDA reluctantly added
the natural stevia extract to the GRAS list as well.
Stick with natural and unprocessed
it comes to health, a person’s best bet is to avoid artificial
sweeteners altogether. There are plenty of preferable, safe
alternatives such as stevia which will allow for a little extra
sweetness without all the harmful side effects.
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