Famed Scientist Discusses How Bad NutraSweet Really Is

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May 04, 2006 | 10,625 views

Italian scientist Morando Soffritti's research, which determined that aspartame could cause cancer, brought the artificial sweetener's safety back in to the spotlight. The linked article below includes an interview with Soffritti about his research and aspartame's effects.

Dr. Soffritti warns that the carcinogenic effect of aspartame could be far greater in children due to their lower body weight, and even worse on an embryo. Pregnant women, he advises, should stay away from aspartame.

Soffritti also pokes holes in the idea that artificial sweeteners are a good weight loss aid; in his experiments, rats given aspartame ate less, but their body weight remained the same.

No doubt, you recall some of the reports I posted last year about the work of Dr. Morando Soffritti, the Italian scientist whose recent studies on aspartame reaffirmed its toxicity. For instance, in a well-controlled, peer-reviewed, SEVEN-year study he showed that as little as 20 mg per day can cause cancer in humans.

Aspartame has aspartic acid in it, which is a well-documented excitotoxin. Single amino acids like this can cause your brain cells to become excessively excited and die. Excitotoxins can also cause a loss of brain synapses and their connecting fibers.

Then the ester bond connecting aspartic acid to phenylalanine in aspartame is broken down to formaldehyde and methanol, which have their own toxicities. So it is absolutely no surprise that leukemia is associated with using it.

Dr. Soffritti offered some interesting details of his past work in this recent interview.

For one, aspartame isn't the only dangerous chemical Dr. Soffritti's European Ramazzini Foundation has discovered. His foundation first appeared on the radar when it discovered the cancer-causing properties of the gasoline additive MTBE, leading to a ban in 21 American states.

He also makes some interesting points about the initial studies in the 1970s that led to aspartame's approval:

  • They were funded by the companies that produced aspartame

  • The tests used only a small number of lab rats

  • Some of the test animals did get brain tumors, but these results were ignored

  • They were not conducted according to the standards of "Good Laboratory Practice"

Doesn't exactly fill you with confidence as to their validity, does it? In fact, the history of aspartame's approval is a sordid little story of lies and fraud.

In addition to confirming, with a great deal of evidence to back him up, that aspartame can cause leukemia and lymphomas, Soffritti pokes a hole in the myth that consuming diet soft drinks tainted with aspartame or any other artificial sweetener will help you lose weight. As I often remind you, diet soft drinks fueled with toxic substances like aspartame or sucralose multiply your risk of obesity.

If you're still skeptical about aspartame's deadly effects, I urge you to review an index of the top articles I've published on my Web site.

If you are time pressured like me and just don't have the time to read the enormous amount of compelling evidence that makes the case for why you or anyone you love should never consume aspartame, then I would strongly recommend ordering the video Sweet Misery.

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