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Sacking Saccharin - Experts Weigh In on Ditching Diet Soda

Posted by Jane Akre
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 11:21 AM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical, Protecting Your Family, In The Workplace
Tags: Saccharin, FDA and Prescription Drugs, Defective Drugs

The experts weigh in on ditching that diet soda.


Many a dieter can tell you this study is a relief.

No one has quite understood why obesity continues to rise even though the advent of artificial sweeteners was supposed to give us a healthy alternative to calorie-laden sugar.

But a Purdue University study confirms that the widespread use of no-calorie sweeteners may actually make it more difficult to control your weight.

Authors Susan Swither, PhD and Terry Davidson, PhD from the university's Ingestive Behavior Research center surmise that the use of saccharin might be fooling the body which expects a high calorie intake with a sweet taste. Instead the body gets no calories and the system is confused, causing us to eat more. 

"The data clearly indicate that consuming a food sweetened with no-calorie saccharin can lead to greater body-weight gain and adiposity than would consuming the same food sweetened with a higher-calorie sugar," the authors wrote.

None of this is surprising to Dr. Joseph Mercola, the founder of Mercola.com, the most visited natural health content site on the internet and author of best-selling books among them, Sweet Deception, Why Splenda, NutraSweet, and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health (Nelson Books 2006). 

Dr. Mercola talked about obesity's link to diet soda consumption in 2005. He shares his thoughts with IB News about his book and the Purdue findings.

    "The number one source of calories in the American diet is high fructose corn syrup in sodas.  This contributes to obesity, diabetes and increased risk for heart disease, cancer and nearly every chronic degenerative disease.  So it makes sense that consumers would seek a healthier alternative.  However the bulk of the scientific evidence strongly suggests that artificial sweeteners are even worse than their natural counterpart they were designed to replace.

    "This new study supports the evidence I carefully compiled in the book I wrote on this topic last year, Sweet Deception.

     "Not only do the artificial sweeteners cause the identical problems as high fructose corn syrup, but they also add their own problems because as synthetic substances, unlike the natural product fructose, they have intrinsic toxicities that make any diet soda a very poor health choice. There simply isn’t any good reason for anyone to be regularly consuming any soda, diet or regular."

Sugar substitutes include Aspartame (NutraSweet), Saccharin, Cyclamate, Alitame, Sucralose, Acesulfame-K and Neotame. Aspartame, for example, breaks down into wood alcohol and formaldehyde.

Sweet Deception looks at the studies that led to FDA approval and the incidents of cancers, liver toxicity and genetic change among a host of other health problems created by artificial sugars.  

Purdue psychologists were not looking at toxicity but their findings match emerging evidence that people who drink more diet drinks are at higher risk for obesity and a collection of medical problems such as abdominal fat, high blood pressure and insulin resistance that put people at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

The Calorie Control Council downplays the Purdue findings and supports the use of artificial sweeteners. 

Dr. Mercola says "It is no surprise that the Calorie Control Council would disagree with the study’s findings as they are a front for the very companies that manufacture them."

Ditching those Diet Cokes may not be as difficult as you think. Dr. Mercola has helped people overcome an addiction to diet sodas with a technique known as Turbo Tapping. It can also be used to address feelings of anger and fear that negatively affect health.

Turbo Tapping is described on his web site helping a woman break an addiction of five or six daily diet sodas.   

Part of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Turbo Tapping using repeating tapping on pressure points much the same way as acupuncture addresses the meridians of the body. 

Doctors and alternative/complimentary medical practitioners endorse its ability to address the contribution emotions make to disease and addiction. The technique is described in a video on YouTube.  #






Posted by Carol Guilford
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 7:44 PM EST

I am thinking this is Jane who was the hero of the Bovine Growth hormone deal.


Here's a site I just put up yesterday... I don't think I'm as brave as Jane Akre but I try.

http: LINK

Anonymous User
Posted by Jane Akre
Thursday, February 14, 2008 12:20 PM EST

Hello Carol-

Yes, one in the same. Thanks so much for the link to the web site.
And the in depth report on Fox 5 in Washington on the approval of aspartame.
Excellent story!

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