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DIET DRINKS AND CANCER?

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English: Diet Coke Products

English: Diet Coke Products (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is so much controversy surrounding the consumption of all artificial sweeteners and cancer, in particular aspartame,   Studies in humans are almost impossible to conduct since the latency period of some cancers is so long (even years).  The latency period is the time that passes between being exposed to something that can cause disease (such as radiation, a carcinogen or a virus) and having symptoms.  My brother died of pancreatic cancer and drank diet sodas all day – not sure how many , but way over  moderation .  Of course, one case does not imply cause, but I always felt that there may be some connection through some unknown epigenetic process.

Interestingly, there have been studies that link non-diet sodas with pancreatic cancer. Another study addresses diet soda and obesity with the increased risk of some cancers HERE. and HERE.

Based on what we know, it may be prudent to limit any type of soda consumption especially if you have any family history of cancer.

 

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2 thoughts on “DIET DRINKS AND CANCER?

  1. Based on what I have read, the word is still out on stevia’s health effects in humans. It is called “natural” but many manufacturers add other ingredients like sugar alcohols, dextrose, and “natural” flavors. Although it is not classified as an artificial sweetener, it may be safer in some ways, but it often becomes highly processed. My personal opinion after using it once is that has an aftertaste and I think others have reported the same.

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  2. There has also been a little bit of research into diet drinks and increase in appetite, which is interesting. The positive thing (for those who don’t want to give up soft drink) is that companies are now changing formulation to stevia. Whats your thoughts on this?

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