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Diet Soda, Aspartame Shown to Destroy Kidney Function

Lisa Garber
January 15th, 2013
Updated 01/15/2013 at 2:46 am
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sodasugarfree 265x165 Diet Soda, Aspartame Shown to Destroy Kidney FunctionIn an 11-year study by scientists at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, there was a strong positive correlation found between degeneration of kidney function and consumption of aspartame-containing diet soda.

Published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the study followed 3,318 women for a number of years as they consumed diet soda containing artificial sweeteners like Aspartame. Scientists took into account each participant’s age, blood pressure, smoking habits (when applicable), and pre-existing conditions like heart disease or diabetes, and administered food frequency questionnaires in 1984, 1986, 1990, 1994, and 1998. Two or more diet drinks daily, it was found, led to a doubled risk in fast-paced kidney decline.

A separate study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that, contrary to safety claims made by the manufacturers of aspartame, health-related concerns including non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia still abound. While study authors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School admitted that there were other variables to consider, such as the sex of the consumer in that particular case, they remained troubled by the risks associated with diet soda.

It’s worth noting that diet soda is also high in sodium—and in greater amounts than found in sodas sweetened with sugar or corn starch (which were not examined in either study).

Corruption: a Brief History of Aspartame

Is diet soda really that bad for you? This is neither the first nor will it be the last time diet soda and artificially sweetened goods will come under fire from the scientific community. The Food and Drug Administration quickly approved aspartame, called “NutraSweet,” in 1974 in use for limited foods, but only after examining studies provided by G. D. Searle Co.. Yes, the inventor of aspartame.

It was only after a research psychiatrist concluded that aspartic acid—a key ingredient in aspartame—made holes in mice brains that the FDA rounded up a task force to investigate Searle’s claims. The investigation unveiled a series of falsified claims, corrupted study results, and information that simply wasn’t there. Although the FDA moved for further investigation of Searle by grand jury, US Attorney Thomas Sullivan and Assistant US Attorney William Conlon didn’t lift a finger to help. Conlon, however, found a job at the law firm representing Searle.

Since then, the genetically modified creation, aspartame, has been implicated in a number of studies as potentially causing tumors, seizures, brain holes, and reproductive problems. But the mainstream media won’t report on the aspartame-cancer link.

Other Sweeteners, the Good and the Bad

Other artificial sweeteners, like sucralose (supposedly “made from sugar”), have been implicated in other health problems like changing the gut flora environment and preventing proper nutrient absorption, according to the January 2008 issue of the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.

Thus far, Stevia has drawn little fire comparative to artificial sweeteners, although excessive use might be cautioned as with anything. Stevia is, however, safer to use than artificial or GMO sugar, especially for diabetics.

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  • Anne D. Young

    For people who enjoy drinking carbonated drinks and use artificial sweeteners, there is no means to control your preference, but I do advice on taking everything in moderation.

  • Whitney

    DESTROY kidney function? That’s not what the article said, at all. And I love how you end with the doubts the own authors had on their findings, because they are good statisticians who know the limits of that type if survey. In other news – Fox News is hiring. And, the sky is falling.

  • Brian Perry

    Soda leads to dramatic increases in fat buildup around your liver and your skeletal muscles, Sugar is easily regulated by our body if we eat it regularly; else you close to having a diabetes.

  • MB Balas

    some people…have diabetes. My son has type 1, which means it's auto-immune. His pancreas cannot process sugar – he tries to avoid artificial sweeteners, but….it's a lesser of two evils for him.

  • anna merrick

    just how dangerous is SPLENDA…is it safe??????????????

  • Gery MAES

    The only good product is STEVIA and natural cold pressed non processed sweet. Here about FRUCTOSE and other information in reply : Indeed it burns your brain cells away slowly, and similar to sugar it does. Doctor Proffessor Geuns from the K.U. University of Leuven – Belgium, made Laboratory toxicology analyses during 30 years and stated clearly those substances like Fructose’s and sugars, (all processed sweet food additives) are toxic and harmful for the brain and many other organs. Myself being a certified orthomlecular medical nutrition therapist, advice everyone to decrease the sugar consumption to the lowest level possible, and to consume sugars that aren’t processed at all but just natural, such as: direct sugarcane “cold pressed”, cold pressed honey, and slow carbohydrates like fruit (preferably not dried but purely fresh fruit) such that one can allow oneself body to metabolically transfer the slow carbohydrates into fuel for the cell-structures. We actually shall never feed our cells with sugars, but mostly with substances that one can find in nature. There are plenty of studies done by universities that show that sugar and fructoses affect the brain cells and our dopamine’s stronger than hard drugs leading to addiction, and the neurological poisoning can be avoided by alerting the public about the dangers of consuming foodstuffs wherein the sugars are added by the manufacturers of food. Maybe awareness and education together with sensibly the public about the dangers of sugars is The Crucial and Urgent approach. Look at this petition and sign up and share others to do the same please:
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    • Theobromine

      How about blackstrap molasses organic sweetener. Its an acquired taste, but puts lots of minerals back and is sweet? And what is the LEAST dangerous of sugars? Coconut sugar? Cane sugar? Beet sugar? Sorry but I love sugar and I am not going to give it up. Just like salt, it can be a natural and instinctive choice. They were on the NO SALT kick for many years, but have now reverted to organic sea salt as a good mineral replacer and healthy. Demonizing sugars won't help. I do not consider artificial sweeteners as sugars – just poisons. Of course they recommend them to diabetics. Part of the plan to make sick people sicker so they use a lot of big Pharma and medicine and still die sooner.

  • Betty Martini,DHUM

    Aspartame also causes kidney cancer. Dr. Morando Soffritti has done three studies on aspartame showing it to be a multipotential carcinogen. You can contact me on for the Akspartame Resource Guide. We've known this for decades. Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills goes into aspartame by Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon. Also, the medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic by H. J. Roberts, M.D., 1000 pages goes into this. Aspartame ravages every organ in the body. Also, the movie, "Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World" should be seen by all. There is a safe sweetener called "Just Like Sugar",

    Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum, Founder
    Mission Possible International

  • christine hartman

    my sister just past away due to kidney failure and other things after
    drinking diet soda for years and also putting 8 equals in her ice coffee
    for years!!

  • Charles Odiako

    No one probably makes a clearer case than does Dr. Russell Blaylock in his book, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, on the danger of Aspartame and other excitotoxins such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartic acid. I recommend this book to anyone who cares about their health and the health of the members of their families. In this book, Blaylock not only shows that they are harmful, but shows how these substances interact with our brain and nervous system to cause a number of the common neurodegenerative diseases that prevail today, including Alzheimers. His effort in helping us identify food items sold out there, but that contain these substances under disguised names, is commendable.

  • Franky Freedom

    Makes total sense. Aspartame is a synthetic compound which the body treats as a TOXIN. In addition, it is especially toxic to the nervous system. As the kidneys are one of the major filtering organs of the body it only makes sense that they would be damaged by a constant intake of such toxin.


  • Sem

    Has this study been published? If so, what is the name of the article?

    • RDW

      FYI – The link to the study is embedded in the first sentence in the word "study."

    • Charles Odiako

      Read something associated with this study, but not sure if it is the one reported here, though. You can find the abstract here: