Drinking even one soda drink on a daily basis elevates the likelihood for leukemia in both men and women, as well as the risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myelomas in men, according to a new study on aspartame. This is one of the longest and most detailed studies on this artificial sweetener.
Longest Study on Aspartame
The research team inspected data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professional Follow-Up Study for 22 years. There were 77,218 female participants and 47,810 males. They were given a dietary questionnaire on a two-year basis whereas their diets were analyzed every 4 years. This was a different approach from previous studies that analyzed aspartame intake at one period of time.
The study concluded that a 255 ml of diet soda drank daily can increase the risk of leukemia in men and women for 42 percent, the risk of multiple myeloma in men for 102 percent, and the risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in men for 31 percent. Diet soda is the biggest source of aspartame and according to estimates; Americans drink more than 5,250 tons of it every year. 4,500 tons come from diet drinks.
The Importance of the Study
Earlier research on aspartame was short or inconclusive and was mostly done with animals. To conclude, everyone should avoid consuming store-bought soda drinks and opt for healthier beverages if they want to reduce the risk of the above-mentioned serious diseases.
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