artificial sweetener

  1. How soda may worsen your osteoarthritis

    The one common habit that can wreck your knees

    Bulging bellies and broken knees. That may sound like the title of a new country song, but you won't hear it on the radio. Expect to sing this tune yourself -- especially if you down soda and other sugary drinks.

    You already know what these drinks will do to your belly. So today, let's focus on the knees -- because men with knee osteoarthritis who downed five soft drinks a week suffered DOUBLE the loss of joint space of men who don't drink liquid junk, according to new research.

    Since less joint space equals more pain, it's like being kneecapped by a beverage. Where's Tonya Harding when you need her?

    Now, I know some people will assume that soda drinkers are more likely to be fat, and fat people already have worse OA symptoms -- but that's not what's going on here.

    In fact, the study of more than 2,000 OA patients found the link to be strongest in THIN men with a steady soda habit. And in women, the only link between soda and worsening osteoarthritis was in the stick figures who drank the most soft drinks.

    Clearly, this stuff can hurt you even when you can't see the damage on your waistline, and that's not the only invisible risk here. The key ingredients in soda and other sugary drinks have been linked to osteoporosis, diabetes, and the types of cellular damage that can speed aging and increase the risk of disease.

    Heck, even the COLOR of soda has been linked to cancer in animals!

    Don't waste your time switching to diet drinks. Not only are all these other ingredients still there, but the artificial sweeteners used in them are actually worse for you than plain old sugar.

    And I think the most common artificial sweetener of all, aspartame, is quite literally the most dangerous additive ever approved for human consumption. Click here to learn more.

    Besides, "diet" drinks won't even help you diet -- but that hasn't stopped soda makers from spending millions to convince you otherwise. In fact, Pepsi is right now making an outrageous claim about one of its new drinks.

    Keep reading!

  2. The new case against aspartame

    Europe launches probe into diet sweetener

    The fix is in!

    European lawmakers have ordered the European Food Safety Authority (their equivalent of the FDA) to re-open the case against aspartame.

    And the EFSA is none too happy about it.

    A spokeswoman told the news media that the EFSA has examined this artificial sweetener repeatedly, and "has never had any indication that aspartame presents a risk in terms of genotoxicity or carcinogenesis."

    They've "never had any indication" because they've never bothered to look! Funny how it works that way.

    They actually did begin a review into the safety of aspartame, but in 2009 they cut it short. Why? Because they claimed they couldn't find anyone who was actually hurt by aspartame.

    I guess they must have missed the study last year that showed that two servings of diet soda increased the risk of premature birth by 38 percent, while four servings a day boosted it by 78 percent. (Read the story here.)

    It was a study out of Europe and even funded by the EU -- but the European Food Safety Authority wanted nothing to do with it.

    They also must have conveniently overlooked another recent study out of Europe -- Italy in this case -- that found a link between aspartame and cancer in lab rats at doses equivalent to what humans regularly digest.

    And once again, the EFSA pulled the see-no-evil routine.

    "EFSA has therefore found no reason to revise its previously established daily admissible dose of aspartame of 40 milligrams per kilogram of body weight," the spokeswoman said.

    These guys are giving the FDA a run for its money!

    I haven't even scratched the surface when it comes to the dangers of aspartame. If you want the full story, read this -- but only if you think you can handle the uncensored truth.

  3. The great Coca-Cola rebellion

    In the ultimate betrayal of family medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians has accepted a six-figure payment from Coca-Cola. In return, the soda pusher gets to help "educate" people about sweeteners.

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