|Is “Diet” Cola a Better Choice?|
|Written by Dr. Rehan Zaidi|
Millions of people today consume aspartame, the artificial sweetener known as “NutraSweet”. Despite aspartame’s approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and their equivalents in countries around the world, there is overwhelming evidence that aspartame is not a safe substance to consume. Unfortunately, the decision to allow the public to be subjected to the harms of aspartame has been influenced more by those who directly benefit from the sales of the substance rather than by government organizations whose responsibility it is to protect the public’s health and safety.
As a product composed of natural ingredients, one would assume that it is likely safe, but that is not what “natural” necessarily means. As is often advertised, people are led to believe that aspartame can help control body-weight and even blood-sugars. However, aspartame’s shady history of approval and potentially toxic ingredients casts serious doubt on its safety, and makes it more a health threat that should be exposed and publicised. Following are brief summaries of the effects of aspartame on certain body functions as well as some of the scientific studies that have been overlooked during the substance’s peculiar approval.
In a two-year study conducted by the manufacturer of aspartame, twelve of 320 rats fed a normal diet and aspartame developed brain tumors while none of the control rats developed tumors. The startling fact was that five of the twelve tumors were in rats given a low dose of aspartame. Despite this and other research, aspartame was still approved.