Artificial Sweetners - will they kill you or not?


#1

Read this on MSN http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19424599/wid/11915773?GT1=10109.

Not sure everyone elses take but I have been ingesting artificial sweetners since 1974---god love Fresca and Tab Cola - my first 2 carbonated drinks...and i got to 'fit in' with all the other kids in the 70's. All of my life i have been told that these sweetners will cause cancer...do you guys worry about this? My children are not diabetic but I almost always by diet soda/pop/cokes for them and dont think twice about it. I always figured that these research studies would feed the rats their body weight in sacchrin and poof they would get cancer.


#2

my mum showed me an article that said that aspartame and isomalt do not cause cancer per se but may have side effects on a very small population. i’ll leave you a link if i can retrieve it :slight_smile:


#3

http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20050613/drink-more-diet-soda-gain-more-weight
This is relatively old news but a reason, I think, to not give kids diet soda. Of course, I can easily say this now that my kid isn’t even old enough to beg for soda - ask me again in a few years! :o)
(That said, we don’t drink any soda in my house - I don’t like it - so maybe (i hope!) it won’t be an issue…)


#4

You and I were diagnosed in the same year!
Yes, indeed, I remember Tab and Fresca - they were both advertised as having “one crazy calorie”.
I went through a period, maybe about 15 years ago, where I drank almost 4-5 cans of diet soda a day, every day.
There are dozens of websites that describe aspartame as being a “neurotoxin” but who knows.
I guess moderation is the key. (I now drink one 12 oz bottle of diet pepsi per day, but also have other a/s’d items like yogurt.)


#5

The diet soda’s in the early 70’s were horrible (Tab was probably the least bad IMO), but I drank them nonetheless. Today’s soda’s with aspartame are great.
I’m not a heavy soda drinker, but when I do want one (e.g. diet code with pizza, or an occasional AW diet root bear float) I don’t worry about any cancer risks. Aspartame has been one of the most tested food ingredients in the world and unless someone thinks there’s a huge conspiracy, for the vast majority of the population it isn’t a health hazard (used in moderation, of course).


#6

Hey, Mol. Do you remember sitting around my mom’s dining room table writing letters to senators and reps begging them not to pull saccharin off the market?! I don’t know why that memory sticks in my brain. It will likely be the story I retell 3 million times when I am in my 90s. At any rate, I go thru phases with diet soda and Equal…I don’t have it all and then it seems like I am addicted…I look at the articles about links to cancer and in the end I have to admit that I think that anymore, life causes cancer. Kathy mentioned moderation and I suppose that’s the key. Sophie, my daughter, wants soda if everyone else has it…wants green tea if everyone else has it…wants milk if everyone else has it…so maybe she’ll be a good influence on me as I try to drink what she should be drinking as an older toddler. Final thought, Mollie and my brother were diagnosed 5 years before I was…I also distinctly remember taking a drink of their diet Dr. Pepper and thinking that I would NEVER drink that! Things changed as it took a while for diet Coke, etc. to show up. Have a great weekend everyone.