Aspartame-Cancer Link Exposed

There have been several studies over the years that established a link between aspartame consumption and cancer risk. But, these studies were frequently criticized as being too small, only capturing a short period of time, and otherwise not living up to strict scientific standards. A new study, however, addresses these concerns and substantiates what the previous ones already said: that aspartame in diet soda can increase your risk of certain types of cancer, exponentially. It seems the aspartame-cancer link has been exposed…again.

The Aspartame-Cancer Link

Scientists looked at data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study for a period of 22 years, including over 77,000 female study subjects and nearly 48,000 males. In all, the giant study looked at “2,278,396 person-years of data”, the most of all previous aspartame studies.

Study participants were asked about their diets every two years. In prior studies, questions about aspartame were only asked once, opening them up to error and criticism. What this study found, however, is frightening.

One can of diet soda each day can increase leukemia risk in men and women by 42 percent, increase multiple myeloma risk in men by 102 percent, and increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 31 percent in men.

The results are frightening, but not surprising. Though previous research was criticized for not being scientifically sound—the findings were similar. Another study focusing on the aspartame-cancer link found that of 48 rats experimented on, up to 67% of all female rats developed tumors roughly the size of golf balls or larger. The male population also suffered, with 21% of the males developing similar cancerous growths.

What’s possibly even more concerning is that aspartame is created using genetically modified bacteria. Revealing how aspartame is made, an article from The Independent reports that both a Monsanto source and a Monsanto spokesperson admits that aspartame creation process did in fact involve genetically modified bacteria.

“We have two strains of bacteria – one is traditionally modified and one is genetically modified,” said the source. “It’s got a modified enzyme. It has one amino acid different.”

Stay Away

Although there are other sources of aspartame, diet soda remains the most popular. If you were ever wondering, ‘is diet soda bad for you‘, the answer is a sound ‘yes’. In the United States, we consume an estimated 5,250 tons of aspartame each year, of which 86% is in the form of diet sodas.

Recognizing the dangers of diet soda, many people limit themselves to just one can each day. But this latest research shows that one can is enough to do significant damage. And, switching back to a sugared soda isn’t any better—researchers found men drinking one or more regular sodas saw a 66% increase in non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

What’s the solution? Quit drinking soda. If you’re in it for the caffeine, try green tea and it’s many benefits or even coffee. If you prefer cold and refreshing, have iced tea.

Changing your habits takes motivation and dedication (follow-thru). This research showing the aspartame-cancer link yet again should provide the motivation, but it’s up to you to take steps towards reclaiming your health.

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3 Responses to "Aspartame-Cancer Link Exposed"

  1. reader  November 26, 2012 at 6:38 am

    why does it matter that it’s made using GM bacteria? A toxin is a toxin, no matter how it’s made, but fear-mongering about bacteria kind of discredits your other points. Also, the conclusions of the 3rd PubMed article don’t really match what you present in this article.

  2. mk  November 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Harvard retracted the study mentioned admitting that the research was weak. In that study, higher intake of diet soda was not associated with cancer risk. The association was only seen when a separate gender analysis was conducted. Risk was also seen in those reporting no diet soda intake.
    In addition, the ADA released a position paper this year supporting the safety of aspartame.

  3. mike  November 27, 2012 at 2:15 am

    The Harvard study does NOT show a link between aspartame and cancer. The incidence of certain cancers was the same as those consuming sugared soda. The other two studies were done in rats and published in obscure journals. We all know that animal studies do not always show the same effects on humans. Simply look at your medicine cabinet: you cannot even give aspirin to dogs, much less other drugs. I like True Activist but some stories such as this one does not have convincing evidence. I am a well published scientist and also into health, and no one asked me to do this. We do not need more fear mongering. There is enough to worry about, that is real. If you need an unbiased scientific reviewer, I would be glad to help out because you do have other worthy causes.


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