By Lisa Garber
January 15, 2013
This article originally appeared at Natural Society
In an 11-year study by scientists at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, there was a strong positive correlation found between degeneration of kidney function and consumption of aspartame-containing diet soda.
Published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the study followed 3,318 women for a number of years as they consumed diet soda containing artificial sweeteners like Aspartame.
Scientists took into account each participant’s age, blood pressure, smoking habits (when applicable), and pre-existing conditions like heart disease or diabetes, and administered food frequency questionnaires in 1984, 1986, 1990, 1994, and 1998.
Two or more diet drinks daily, it was found, led to a doubled risk in fast-paced kidney decline.
A separate study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that, contrary to safety claims made by the manufacturers of aspartame, health-related concerns including non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia still abound.
While study authors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School admitted that there were other variables to consider, such as the sex of the consumer in that particular case, they remained troubled by the risks associated with diet soda.
It’s worth noting that diet soda is also high in sodium—and in greater amounts than found in sodas sweetened with sugar or corn starch (which were not examined in either study).
Corruption: a Brief History of Aspartame
Is diet soda really that bad for you? This is neither the first nor will it be the last time diet soda and artificially sweetened goods will come under fire from the scientific community.
The Food and Drug Administration quickly approved aspartame, called “NutraSweet,” in 1974 in use for limited foods, but only after examining studies provided by G. D. Searle Co.. Yes, the inventor of aspartame.
It was only after a research psychiatrist concluded that aspartic acid—a key ingredient in aspartame—made holes in mice brains that the FDA rounded up a task force to investigate Searle’s claims.
The investigation unveiled a series of falsified claims, corrupted study results, and information that simply wasn’t there.
Although the FDA moved for further investigation of Searle by grand jury, US Attorney Thomas Sullivan and Assistant US Attorney William Conlon didn’t lift a finger to help. Conlon, however, found a job at the law firm representing Searle.
Since then, the genetically modified creation, aspartame, has been implicated in a number of studies as potentially causing tumors, seizures, brain holes, and reproductive problems. But the mainstream media won’t report on the aspartame-cancer link.
Other Sweeteners, the Good and the Bad
Other artificial sweeteners, like sucralose (supposedly “made from sugar”), have been implicated in other health problems like changing the gut flora environment and preventing proper nutrient absorption, according to the January 2008 issue of the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.
Thus far, Stevia has drawn little fire comparative to artificial sweeteners, although excessive use might be cautioned as with anything. Stevia is, however, safer to use than artificial or GMO sugar, especially for diabetics.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Sweetened beverages, particularly “diet” ones, may significantly increase your risk of depression, while coffee may slightly lower it, according to a study conducted by researchers from the National Institutes of Health and due to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 65th Annual Meeting in March.
“Our research suggests that cutting out or down on sweetened diet drinks or replacing them with unsweetened coffee may naturally help lower your depression risk,” researcher Honglei Chen said. “More research is needed to confirm these findings.”
Between 1995 and 1996, the researchers surveyed 263,925 people between the ages of 50 and 71 about their beverage consumption. Approximately 10 years later, the participants were asked whether they had received a diagnosis of depression since the year 2000.
The researchers found that people who drank four or more servings (cans or cups) of soda per day had a 30 percent higher risk of developing depression than those who did not drink soda. When the researchers looked at sugary and diet soda separately, they found that sugary soda was correlated with a 22 percent higher risk of depression, while diet soda was associated with a 31 percent higher risk.
Likewise, the risk of depression was 38 percent higher among those who drank four or more cans of fruit punch per day than among those who drank no fruit punch. It was 51 percent higher among those who drank four or more cans of diet fruit punch daily.
In contrast, the risk of depression among those who consumed four or more cups of coffee per day was approximately 10 percent lower than among those who did not drink coffee.
The correlation between sweetened beverage consumption and depression remained significant even after the researchers accounted for potential confounding factors including age, body mass index (BMI), caloric intake, education, physical activity, smoking status, stressful life events and a history of depression.
The study’s findings are consistent with those of a 2011 study, which found a correlation between higher coffee consumption and a lower risk of depression in women.
“Coffee contains large amounts of caffeine, which is a well-known brain stimulant,” Chen noted, and this may partially explain the observed effect.
Earlier studies have also found a connection between sweetened beverage consumption and an elevated depression risk.
“Sweetened beverages, coffee and tea are commonly consumed worldwide and have important physical – and may have important mental – health consequences,” Chen said.
According to Euromonitor International, the United States has the highest per capita soda consumption in the world, with each person consuming an average of 170 liters per year. Mexico is ranked number two, with a per capita consumption of 146 liters per year, and is followed by Chile, Argentina and Uruguay with per capita consumptions of 127, 124 and 120 liters per year, respectively. The top three soda-consuming European nations are Belgium, Norway, and Ireland, whose residents consume an average of 108, 104, and 103 liters per year respectively.
(Natural News Science)
Sources for this article include:http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/aaon-htd010313.php ; https://rt.com/news/diet-depression-research-study-681/ ; http://vitals.nbcnews.com
January 15, 2013
Following an increasing amount of literature linking sugary drinks to the prevalence of obesity, the Coca-Cola Company began a campaign this week to address their role in the matter, according to a press release.
The two-minute commercial, “Coming Together,” broadcasted on national cable news channels on Monday night. According to a press release, it’s one of two advertisements expected to debut this week in the company’s effort to highlight specific beverages and their caloric content. The second commercial, “Be OK,” is set to air Wednesday night.
“We are committed to bring people together to help fight obesity,” Stuart Kronauge, General Manager of Sparkling Beverages at Coca-Cola North America, said in a press release. “This is about the health and happiness of everyone who buys our products and wants great-tasting beverages, choice and information. The Coca-Cola Company has an important role in this fight. Together, with willing partners, we will succeed.”
According to the press release, the company has dedicated $5 million for 100 new fitness centers in U.S. schools over the next five years.
The campaign follows a recent controversial measure introduced by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the health department there, which limits the size of sugary beverages sold in food service establishments to 16 oz.
Food service establishments, including restaurants, mobile food carts, delis and concessions at movie theaters, stadiums and arenas have until March 12 to adjust their menu boards, as well as cup and container sizes, to be in compliance with the regulation approved in October.
“Overcoming obesity will require work from all of us,” Kronauge said in the press release. “If we are to reach the goal of Americans achieving a happy, healthy and active future we all will have to dedicate ourselves to move forward together.”
01/14/2013 2:29 PM
By Deborah Kotz, Globe Staff
Coca-Cola company is clearly under siege from all those Mayor Bloomberg types who would like to outlaw supersized sweetened beverages. For proof, look no further than the new Coke commercial set to air on Monday night in which the company appears to fall on its sword admitting that it’s at least partly to blame for the nation’s obesity epidemic.
The narrator, with her soothing feminine voice, expresses concern for how much weight we’ve gained as a nation and how much Coke is doing to be a part of the solution: increasing the number of low calorie and no-calorie beverages, reducing the amount in serving-size bottles, and putting calorie counts on the front of beverage labels.
But she gets her digs in too reminding us right off the bat that Coke has been around for 125 years. Since the obesity problem only started in the 1970’s, the implication is that clearly Coke couldn’t be the culprit. (I’m guessing the company also wanted to respond to this “real bears” Coke-bashing video that put the blame solely on the cola.)
We’re also told by the Coke manufacturer that it “will take action by all of us” to fix the crisis as images of kids exercising flash on the screen. Implication: Don’t blame sugar-sweetened beverages; blame video games, television, and too much sitting around all day.
Following that bit of information, the narrator provides a condescending nutrition lecture on how “all calories count no matter where they come from.” While that’s technically true, the body benefits far more from the calories in a peach, carrot, or string bean, than from those found in carbonated sugar water.
No nutritionist would ever tell you that it’s okay to substitute calories from fruits and vegetables for soda in order to achieve weight loss.
With that in mind, I think Coke’s touchy feeling “come together” theme in this commercial rings that much more hollow. Do they really think they’re going to unify with public health experts who keeping trying to steer us away from the empty calories in these beverages?
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