Sweeteners shown to reduce kidney function.

Sweeteners shown to reduce kidney function.

A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology found that adult women who drink at least two diet sodas a day experience a 30% drop in kidney function over a decade.   Findings by Drs Julie Lin and Gary Curhan of Brigham and Womens’s Hospital in Boston indicate that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose are to blame in the rapid degeneration of glomerular filtration rates in the kidneys of those consuming excessive amounts of artificially sweetened, diet sodas.

A 2005 study conducted by Dr. Morando Soffritti of the prestigious European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences and the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Centre confirmed what independent scientists revealed over 30 years ago: aspartame consumption leads to various illness and disease including cancer, nerve damage, seizures and premature death.

Similarly, sucralose, a chlorocarbon popularly marketed as the artificial sweetener derived from sugar, has be implicated in severe chronic illnesses including brain and nervous system disorders, migraines, cancers, and reduced immune system.

According to Dr. Soffrittis’s research group, most studies alleging the safety of artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose fail to use internationally recognized ‘good laboratory practices’ for conducting carcinogenicity bioassays and thus arrive at faulty, corporate-controlled outcomes.

Preferable options include natural foods like raw (Manuka) honey and raw agave nectar, which are healthy, enzyme-rich sweeteners that work well in moderation.   Natural stevia extract is another excellent option as it contains no sugar and no calories; it is completely safe and suitable for those with a diabetic condition or for those wishing to cut sugar intake.

More information on Dr. Soffritti’s study, see www.holisticmed.com/aspartame and www.janethull.com