The artificial sweetener industry has conspired to hide the dangers of its products while spreading false information that they are beneficial to health.
That’s the damning conclusion of a new international study. Researchers from four universities did an exhaustive analysis of 31 artificial sweetener studies published between 1978 and 2014.1
They uncovered secret payoffs to scientists doing studies on artificial sweeteners. And—no surprise—the scientists getting the payments concluded that artificial sweeteners are healthy.
The analysis showed “financial conflicts of interest created bias at all levels of the research.” Almost half of artificial sweetener studies had authors who did not disclose they were on the industry’s payroll.2
Industry-funded studies were nearly 17 times more likely to show that artificial sweeteners are healthy.
Here’s the most telling finding of the analysis: Not a single independent study concluded that artificial sweeteners are healthy.3
Professor Lisa Bero of the University of Sydney was author of the analysis. “It’s alarming to see how much power the artificial sweetener industry has over the results of its funded research,” she said.4
The biased studies put public health at risk, Professor Bero charged. That’s because they are used to determine dietary guidelines.
The analysis was just published in PLOS ONE journal. It was a collaborative effort that included researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Artificial Sweeteners: White Powders of Death?
What health dangers are linked to artificial sweeteners?
- Sucralose (Splenda): Italian researchers found that mice fed sucralose develop leukemia. The consumer watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest has put sucralose on its list of the most dangerous foods.
- Saccharine (Sweet’N Low): Rats fed saccharine developed bladder cancer. Headaches and diarrhea are common reactions in humans.
- Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal): It’s linked to cancer in lab animals. Babies born to mothers who consume aspartame face a higher risk of metabolic syndrome.
- Acesulfame potassium, or “Ace K” (Sunette, Sweet One): Methylene chloride, one of its main chemical components, has been shown to impair liver and kidney function.
The deception practiced by the artificial sweetener industry is nothing new. We recently told you about Big Sugar’s shameless efforts to payoff researchers.
And soda makers Coca-Cola and Pepsi recently made headlines for payments to mainstream medical groups. These include the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.5
3 Safe Sweet Alternatives
You don’t have to risk disease or death to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are healthy alternatives to artificial sweeteners and sugar.
Raw Honey: Make sure it is not processed. Refined honey can be as bad as sugar. Look for 100% organic raw honey. The darker the honey, the more nutrients and flavor. It also has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties.
Blackstrap Molasses: Don’t confuse this with regular molasses. Blackstrap is a byproduct of sugar cane. The healthy minerals such as iron, B6, magnesium, and calcium aren’t processed out. It doesn’t flood your body with sugar. The sugar content is released slowly.
Stevia: This low-calorie natural substance is made from the leaves of a plant native to South America. It is very sweet, so you need very little. Its glycemic index is zero… So it has no effect on your blood sugar. Make sure to use organic varieties.
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In Good Health,
Executive Director, INH Health Watch