Diet soda is supposed to offer you the sweetness of regular soda without any additional calories. However, new information has confirmed that diet soda is actually linked to a myriad of health problems including diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
Aspartame may result in methanol toxicity, which has recently been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Good diet and nutrition is key to helping people ward off the worst form of dementia, but many may think that diet soda is not doing their body any harm and drink it in excess despite an otherwise healthy diet.
Diet soda can also cause unwanted weight gain. While your body digests this artificial sweetener, your cravings for real sugar actually increase. The chemical can also make it so that your appetite becomes bigger, so instead of losing weight, you’ll be fighting off cravings for fatty and sugary foods.
Recently leaked emails from Podesta show that originally there were concerns about approving aspartame by the FDA altogether.
A leaked email from Don Kennedy, former head of the FDA, to Wendy Abrams, who heads an organization dedicated to climate changed, stated the following:
“The whole sweeteners issue has interested me since my early time at FDA … A little later, still during my time as Commissioner I was called on by Don Rumsfeld, who introduced himself as the CEO of Searle …
[W]e told him that we would look carefully at the evidence and rely on our expert committee structure as usual.
Aspartame continued to attract concerned critics, and we at FDA saw no resumption of Searle’s effort to get it approved. I looked up one piece on that history, which I append below. Not a very nice story.
‘In 1985 Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet.
Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame’s clouded past, including a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it ‘might induce brain tumors.’
The FDA had actually banned aspartame based on this finding, only to have Searle Chairman Donald Rumsfeld … vow to ‘call in his markers,’ to get it approved’ … “
New evidence also points to diet sodas and artificial sweeteners raising the risk of women having babies with at least one deformity at birth, however more research is needed to confirm this.
Many soda companies are looking to cut the sugar in their drinks, and thus will begin to add even more aspartame in their items. It is advisable to steer clear of any fake sweeteners, and instead only use a little bit of the real deal if you want to add a little something extra to your drink.