5 Studies That Show Artificial Sweeteners Cause Obesity & Diabetes

artifical.sweetenter.aspartame.neurotoxin.obesity.diabetes_occupycorporatismSusanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent
September 18, 2014


Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science have published a study showing that non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS); including Sweet ‘N Low, Splenda and Equal, are directly correlated to the obesity problem in the US and around the world.

The conclusion of the study reads: “Collectively, our results link NAS consumption, dysbiosis and metabolic abnormalities, thereby calling for a reassessment of massive NAS usage.”

The study points out that “NAS consumption is considered safe and beneficial owing to their low caloric content, yet supporting scientific data remain sparse and controversial.”

The findings of the study show:

  • NAS formulations drives the development of glucose intolerance through induction of compositional and functional alterations to the intestinal microbiota
  • NAS-mediated deleterious metabolic effects are abrogated by antibiotic treatment, and are fully transferrable to germ-free mice upon fecal transplantation of microbiota configurations from NAS-consuming mice, or of microbiota anaerobically incubated in the presence of NAS
  • NAS-altered microbial metabolic pathways that are linked to host susceptibility to metabolic disease, and demonstrate similar NAS-induced dysbiosis and glucose intolerance in healthy human subjects

In contrary, David Katz, founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center (YUPRC) commented : “This is an indirect effect. Artificial sweeteners are, obviously, not putting sugar directly into the bloodstream. Rather, they figure in the adulterations of diet that may alter the microbiome – and that, in turn, alters metabolic processing as described.”

Eran Elinav, lead author of the study explained: “Our relationship with our own individual mix of gut bacteria is a huge factor in determining how the food we eat affects us. Especially intriguing is the link between use of artificial sweeteners – through the bacteria in our guts – to a tendency to develop the very disorders they were designed to prevent; this calls for reassessment of today’s massive, unsupervised consumption of these substances.”

The European Food Safety Authority (WFSA) came to the conclusion in 2013 that E951 (or Aspartame) “and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure.”

In 2003, Mark Gold from the Aspartame Toxicity Information Center (ATIC) emailed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the toxicity of the chemical.

  • Acute toxicity reactions occurring within 48 hours of ingestion of an aspartame-containing product.
  • Chronic toxicity effects occurring anywhere from several days of use to appearing a number of years (i.e., 1-20+ years) after the beginning of aspartame use.
  • Potential toxicity effects that would be nearly impossible for the user to recognize the link to aspartame.

Currently the FDA states that aspartame is safe in approved does for the general public; meaning an excess of 20 cans of diet soda containing aspartame is acceptable consumption rates for the FDA.

Earlier this year, researchers at the University of Iowa conducted a study on post-menopausal women and the effects of consuming 2 or more diet soft drinks per day.

The findings of the report state that those older women were 30% more likely to succumb to cardiovascular disease and 50% more likely to die as a result of those diseases than older women who occasionally consumed soda.

In concert, researchers at John Hopkins University published a study that stated diet soda drinkers are over-eating on the side which explains why those consumers are not losing weight.

This paper states that overweight and obese Americans who consume diet soda are still ingesting the same amount of calories through fatty and high-caloric foods because they feel they can; as long as they drink diet soda.

The researchers concluded: “Overweight and obese adults drink more diet beverages than healthy-weight adults and consume significantly more solid-food calories and a comparable total calories than overweight and obese adults who drink SSBs. Heavier US adults who drink diet beverages will need to reduce solid-food calorie consumption to lose weight.”

Last year, researchers at Purdue University analyzed studies and data regarding the correlation between the consumption of diet soda and the body mass index (BMI) of those customers using the product. Findings show that the artificial sweeteners are the culprit for health problems and dietary issues.

Artificial sweeteners used in diet soda tricks the body into thinking that it is consuming calories; yet this has disastrous effects physiologically.

Susan Swithers, behavioral neuroscientist and professor of psychological sciences for Purdue University said : “Honestly, I thought that diet soda would be marginally better compared to regular soda in terms of health. But in reality it has a counterintuitive effect. You’ve messed up the whole system, so when you consume real sugar, your body doesn’t know if it should try to process it because it’s been tricked by the fake sugar so many times.”

Swithers explained that “accumulating evidence suggests that frequent consumers of these sugar substitutes (such as aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin) may also be at increased risk of … metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

A decade prior, Purdue University released a study entitled, “A Pavlovian Approach to the Problem of Obesity”, on artificial sweeteners and how they disrupt the human body’s ability to count calories.

This study showed “that being able to automatically match caloric intake with caloric need depends on the body’s ability to learn that the taste and feel of food by the mouth suggests the appropriate caloric intake. Much as Pavlov’s dogs learned that the sound of a bell signaled food, people learn that both sweet tastes and dense, viscous foods signal high calories. This learning process begins very early in life and perhaps without conscious awareness, according to the researchers.”

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