Aspartame Side Effects Include Cancer

I used to drink loads of diet soda. Two years ago, I stopped drinking it after reading about aspartame and its health effects. A lot of people shrug it off, saying “they wouldn’t sell it if it was that bad for you” or “one or two Diet Cokes won’t hurt me.” Think again. A new study has proven a link between aspartame and several types of cancer.

“Our study has shown that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogenic compound whose carcinogenic effects are also evident at a daily dose of 20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight (mg/kg), notably less than the current acceptable daily intake for humans,” the authors write. Currently, the acceptable daily intake for humans is set at 50 mg/kg in the United States and 40 mg/kg in Europe.

Aspartame is the second most widely used artificial sweetener in the world. It is found in more than 6,000 products including carbonated and powdered soft drinks, hot chocolate, chewing gum, candy, desserts, yogurt, and tabletop sweeteners, as well as some pharmaceutical products like vitamins and sugar-free cough drops. More than 200 million people worldwide consume it. The sweetener has been used for more than 30 years, having first been approved by the FDA in 1974. Studies of the carcinogenicity of aspartame performed by its producers have been negative.

Researchers administered aspartame to Sprague-Dawley rats by adding it to a standard diet. They began studying the rats at 8 weeks of age and continued until the spontaneous death of each rat. Treatment groups received feed that contained concentrations of aspartame at dosages simulating human daily intakes of 5,000, 2,500, 500, 100, 20, and 4 mg/kg body weight. Groups consisted of 100 males and 100 females at each of the three highest dosages and 150 males and 150 females at all lower dosages and controls.


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I dump a lot of equal into my coffee everyday. I usually have four to five cups of coffee with a lot of equal from jars everyday. Even though I have had some health problems, I am 22, I don’t believe aspartame has affected me yet. I do suffer from migraines, but I have had them since I was nine. I just use extra strength tylenol and excedrin. My vision has been going downhill in the past few years, but my dad has poor vision so it could be genetic. I probably consume 100 times the regular amount. I am… Read more »

Interesting reading. I have been drinking diet dr pepper for a long time now. I’ve noticed my headaches getting worse. I’ve been diagnosed with Bipolar isorder, but I wonder now how mch of those symptoms have to do with aspartame. I am sooooo done with soda.

Oh my gosh! I’ve been reading link after link on sugar substituations and I’m scared to death. I’ve never been one for diet drinks or ANYTHING with fake sugar, but I acquired diabetes 3 yrs ago and have FORCED myself to get used to the horrible after taste. NOW I’m wondering if I should just forget the whole thing, have regular sugar and just drastically limit it. What do you think?

OMG I drank diet pepsi for 7 years. For the past 2 years my hair started falling out by the hand fulls each time I washed it. Then it began falling when brushing. It got so thin I could see my scalp. When I quit drinking diet soda, the hair loss slowed down dramatically in 3 weeks. I could not believe it. I used to be able to just run my fingers through my hair and pull out a wad of it. Now it is getting less and less. I also noticed that my anxiety levels have improved. The FDA… Read more »
I just started reading a book that discussed the FDA denying Aspartame 8 times before it became approved. Then people who then approved it that worked for the FDA then went to work for the creator of aspartame, how convenient. It is a very poisonous substance and is in so many things. Anything that say diet or sugar free, well it’s going to be in there. I used to love drinking Crystal Light, it tasted sweet and I felt then I was getting in more of the recommended daily dose of water, but then I realized how much I was… Read more »
Hey everone. I viewed this sight after reading Natural Cures (3 books). I haven’t drunk much with aspartame but last year I was adding it to my low-carb diet so that I could enjoy a cola. My headaches became worse and it developed cravings for sweets. Think about it. If you look in a restaurant and see people drinking diet soda, most are fat! Why? Obviously a lot of diet ANYTHING messes your body’s metabolism up and causes us to crave things in abundance. I am so glad to hear we are getting enlightened to the REAL TRUTH about what… Read more »

Lisa, I believe it. Aspartame has been connected with so many health problems but most people don’t realize it. I’m so glad you figured out what was making you sick.

Well, that’s true, but I believe there are some things that are bad in any amount. People talk about “moderation in everything” but I’d rather not have any carcinogens in my diet if I can help it. It’s definitely a personal choice.

I think anything in excess is bad.

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