New Study Links Even Small Amounts of Aspartame to Leukemia, lymphoma

Soda gravesNew study has shown strong links between aspartame in diet soda and leukemia, lymphoma, even in small amounts

One can of diet soda per day containing aspartame can lead to leukemia

A groundbreaking study has shown that there is a strong link between aspartame, even in small amounts, and the occurrence of leukemia, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and myeloma.

Aspartame is the artificial sweetener found in many diet sodas, lowered calorie yogurt, Nutrasweet, Equal, and thousands of other consumer products. It had previously been show to cause cancer in rats, when given in large quantities.

But this latest study demonstrates that even as little as one 355 ml diet soda per day can increase one’s chances of developing the aforementioned diseases.

Each year Americans consume 5,250 tons of aspartame from all sources, but about 86 percent of that comes from diet soda.

The study, which was run against control groups who consumed no diet soda, produced alarming findings, especially for men who drink diet drinks. Some of the risks broke down thus:

  • 42 percent higher leukemia risk -smong both men and women, a pooled analysis
  • 102 percent higher multiple myeloma risk – men only
  • 31 percent higher nonHodgkins lymphoma risk – men only

The study was seen as a vindication for previous studies which showed similar results, but which were criticized for not being long enough, and for not accurately assessing long-term aspartame intake. Prior to a landmark 2006 study, the unfortunate spin that was allowed to be placed on results was that the amount of diet soda one would need to consume to replicate the study’s results in the real world was off the charts and unattainable.

Also, this recent study mirrors and confirms the result of a 2006 study on over 900 rats over the course of their lifetime, in which researchers found that aspartame intake showed an increased risk for leukemia and lymphoma, only in both females and males.

Perhaps the next avenue of study will pursue findings of a previous study which showed that female rats given teh artificial sweeteners had increased risk of mammary cancer.

Maybe that is what it would finally take to have this poisonous substance pulled from the shelves once and for all–a link to breast cancer. Because currently this and other studies showing a near-certain leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma link is treated as old news at best, and ignored at worst.

It’s a terrible thing to contemplate but in this media saturated world, perhaps it will require a connection to one of the more “popular” forms of cancer, like breast cancer.

Imagine all those NFL players in their special pink cleats and sweatbands playing in a game that is sponsored by Diet Coke–that is, if people were made aware of a positive link to breast cancer and aspartame.

At any rate, this study should be enough to convince us that any no soda is a healthy soda.

Even if it sugar-free, it could still cost you plenty.

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