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Food Policy Expert Calls For Investigation Into Serious Health Concerns Over Aspartame

Published on March 13, 2013,

A leading British expert has called for an investigation into serious health concerns over the artificial sweetener aspartame – after the EU food watchdog insisted it was safe. This is from the Daily Mail… 

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The European Food Safety Authority has published a draft scientific opinion effectively rubbishing more than 20 studies which have identified potential problems with the sweetener, ranging from premature births to cancer.

The authority’s view will be welcomed by manufacturers who use aspartame and similar sweeteners in fizzy drinks such as Diet Coke, and diet foods consumed by millions of people every day.

But Erik Millstone, professor of science policy at the University of  Sussex, has challenged the ‘biased’ and ‘deeply flawed’ EFSA opinion.

Professor Millstone has been a leading expert on food policy in the UK for many years and his lobbying was instrumental in the setting up of Britain’s Food Standards Agency.

The way the EFSA assessed the evidence on aspartame was ‘perverse and biased’, he claimed. 

He added: ‘The panel could only have reached its conclusion that aspartame is safe by implicitly assuming that almost all studies indicating no adverse effects are entirely reliable – even though they have numerous weaknesses and were almost all commercially funded, while all the studies indicating that aspartame may be unsafe are deemed unreliable – even though they sometimes have particular methodological strengths and even though they have all been funded independently of vested commercial interests.’ 

He also suggested that the EFSA panel that carried out the assessment was dominated by experts linked to manufacturers or regulators that have previously supported aspartame.

Professor Millstone said: ‘Of the 17 members of the EFSA panel, seven have direct commercial conflicts of interest, and another five have institutional conflicts of interest, for example, because their employers have already announced that aspartame is safe.’

More at:  Cancer and premature birth fears linked to fizzy drink sweetener

Soda: Is The Fizz Killing Us? – Facts & Infographic

Published on March 8, 2013,

The website Maps of the World has published this informative infographic packed with facts and figures about soft drink soda consumption around the world and the impact it is having on health…

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More at:  Soda: Is The Fizz Killing Us? – Facts & Infographic

Here’s a text version from with sources for data

Top 5 reasons to stop drinking soda pop right now

Published on August 3, 2012,

Low Carb Voice outlines five good reasons not to drink soda pop (or soft fizzy drinks for those in the UK) – and that includes light or diet versions as well as the full sugar ones.

Study after study shows just how terrible soda pop is for your health. If you’re still drinking it, it’s time to find something else to drink. Here some of the main reasons why it’s so bad.

1. Weight gain: The high amount of sugar in soda promotes weight gain. Obesity is a main factor in many deadly diseases, so it should be avoided. It’s easy to go overboard and drink a lot of sugar at once, since the soda doesn’t fill you up like food does.

2. Diabetes: Weight gain and sugar are tied to diabetes. This article discusses a study that shows that even 1 can of pop a day can increase your diabetes risk.

3. Calcium loss: Phosphoric acid is shown to leach calcium from your bones to neutralize the acid. This weakens bones and teeth. This can be a big problem especially for women, who have a higher risk of osteoporosis.

4. Cavities: The acid in soda pop can eat away at tooth enamel. The natural bacteria in your mouth also feed on the sugar found in pop and then secreet an acid that destroys enamel.

5. Diet soda is bad, too: Some studies show that people actually gain more weight drinking diet sodas, rather than regular. It’s unclear why, but it could be because the artificial sweeteners trick your brain into wanting even more sugar. There are also some links between aspartame and cancer.

More at: Top 5 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda Pop Right Now

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