Thursday, January 3, 2013

Equal & NutraSweet: Leukemia & Lymphoma

The Most Comprehensive Study to Date on Aspartame 

This study tracks over two million person-years giving it a huge pile of data to generate results from. 

Researchers prospectively analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study for a 22-year period. A total of 77,218 women and 47,810 men were included in the analysis, for a total of 2,278,396 person-years of data. 

It is not just the sample size of this study that makes it impressive, it is also the thoroughness with which aspartame intake was assessed in comparison to previous studies. Over the course of the study, every two years, participants were given a detailed dietary questionnaire, and their diets were reassessed every four years. 

Shockingly, previous studies done on aspartame who revealed no link between aspartame and cancer in humans, only assessed participants’ aspartame intake at one point in time. This poses a major weakness in the accuracy of preview studies. 

The combined results of this new study showed that just one 12-fl oz. can (355 ml) of diet soda daily leads to: 

• 42% higher leukemia risk in men and women (pooled analysis)
• 102% higher multiple myeloma risk (in men only)
• 31% higher non-Hodgkin  lymphoma risk (in men only)

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