Aspartame, the artificial sweetener found in many diet sodas and
used as an ‘alternative’ sweetener, has been found recently to have
detrimental – specifically, cancerous – effects.
A study performed by researcher Victoria Innes-Brown, after mounting
concerns with how much diet coke her family members seemed to consume
daily, showed that of 48 rats experimented on up to 67 percent of all
females developed tumors roughly the size of golf balls or larger.
The male population didn’t do too well either: 21 percent of the males
developed similar cancerous growths.
For the course of her two-and-a-half-year study, Innes-Brown used a dose
of NutraSweet (found on shelves in food stores across the nation)
comparable to that of 14 cans of diet soda for her 24 female test
subjects and 13 cans for her other 24 male subjects; both the amount
approved by the FDA (a 50mg per kilogram ratio) as a reasonable dose,
and the amount consumed by some likely uninformed individuals.
Though it may seem as news to some readers, aspartame has been a known
carcinogen for quite some time.
Artificial sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet) still included in
countless products despite tumor link
Aspartame researcher Dr. Soffritti did a similar pair of studies to
Innes-Brown’s. The first study found that consumption of the equivalent
of 4 to 5 bottles of diet soda per day yielded high rates of cancerous
growths among many of his subjects; the highest dose producing 25
percent of females with cancerous cell growth, compared to 8.7 percent
of the control group females. With this study, Soffritti concluded
that aspartame at a ratio as low as 400 parts per million (ppm) was
Initially these findings caused quite the controversy and sparked mass
denial and nay saying worldwide. Now, after over 900 published
studies on the health hazards of the sweetener the nay saying
has been curbed substantially.
Such studies have indicated that aspartame is nothing more than a bond
of two amino acids found in our own amino acid profile, with a
disproportionately large quantity of each bonded together with a known
poison. Metabolized in the body, aspartame can yield other more
dangerous chemicals such as Methanol and Formaldehyde.