Monday, August 25, 2008

Artificial sweeteners and ADHD

This is the movie Sweet Poison about the dangers of aspartame. I really wonder if there is a correlation between the consumption of diet drinks during the pregnancies of mothers who have ADHD, ADD, and autistic kids. Seems to me that this problem ballooned about the same time this chemical appeared. How does one run a study of such things?

This movie talks about the increases in brain cancer (among other diseases) since the introduction of aspartame. Makes sense it would affect the brain in vitro.


At 6:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to this article kids are using it to get high.

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous SweetPea said...

No doubt aspartame is poison - a neurotoxic carcinogen. A recent Italian study confirmed that. See here.

Watch out too for the new sweeteners - sucralose and sodium cylamate. They are not safe either.

European parliamentarians want the new sweeteners' and their safety re-evaluated. They don't trust the FDA's industry-funded findings.

Sucralose, for example, was proven to cause testicular cancer in animal studies. The manufacturer, Tate & Lyle, claims that we won't consume enough of their new wonder sweetener to trigger cancer. Really?

Twenty years from now and testicular cancer could be an epidemic. The government of the day will pooh-pooh anyone who reveals the link between the disease and artificial sweeteners.

"Don't you dare blame sucralose. It must be quite safe since it has been on the market for years."


At 7:44 PM, Anonymous sweetpea said...

New Study Says Splenda Causes Weight Gain, Health Problems

Duke Study On Splenda Ignites Controversy Over Sweetener

Monday, September 29, 2008

A new study out of Duke University found the artificial sweetener Splenda contributes to obesity and may cause other health problems.

The study was published in the The Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.

Duke researchers exposed male rats to the sweetener for 12 weeks and found Splenda appeared to destroy "good" bacteria in the intestines, prevented prescription drugs from being absorbed, and contributed to obesity.

Splenda and other artificial sweetners have been the center of controversy for some time.

In February, a study published in Behavioral Neuroscience cited laboratory evidence that the widespread use of no-calorie sweeteners like Splenda may actually make it harder for people to control their intake and body weight.

Causing even more controvery is the fact the Duke study was funded by the Sugar Association, the powerful lobbying group for the sugar industry.

Duke University researchers said the Sugar Association had no input into the study's findings and conclusions.

McNeil Nutritionals, which makes Splenda, has been battling with the Sugar Association for several years.

In 2004, the association sued McNeil, claiming it had misled consumers by claiming Splenda was “made like sugar, so it tastes like sugar.” Splenda's main ingredient , sucralose, is manufactured. The process involves the use of a sugar molecule but there is no sugar in the finished product. McNeil said the Duke findings are not supported by the data presented.

The company also said Splenda may be safely used "as part of a healthy diet."

The group Citizens For Health has filed a petition with the FDA to review its approval of Sucralose and to require a warning label on Splenda packaging cautioning that people who take medications or have gastrointestinal problems avoid using Splenda.

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous sweetpea said...

Happy New Year to you, Mad Crone!


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