Aspartame may be the reason that diet soda consumption during pregnancy has been linked to premature birth.
When we learned how bad butter was, the food industry responded by giving us margarine, which… turned out even worse. When dietary guidelines told us to lower our fat intake in hopes that we’d pick up an apple, the food industry gave us fudge drizzled chocolate chip cookies. Similar reasoning led to the billion dollar diet soda industry. Now with vitamins and minerals! “Intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks and risk of preterm delivery: a prospective cohort study in 59,334 pregnant Danes”. Conclusion: “Daily intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks may increase the risk of preterm delivery.” And it probably wasn’t the caffeine or other additives, since the same sweetened versions of the soda didn’t result in the same problem. So what is it? They think it’s the aspartame: “After ingestion, aspartame is broken down into methanol. Methanol is oxidized into formaldehyde, which isn’t great stuff. This might be one factor explaining reports of headaches linked to the intake of aspartame . Researchers suggest “that the observed shortening of pregnancy could either be related to the effects of methanol on the fetal neuroendocrine system or an indirect action on the mother’s uterus…
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Folks may also be interested in Friday's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Aspartame-Induced Fibromyalgia. Regular soda may not be a good idea either. High fructose corn syrup may contain mercury and it’s no good for our kids either (Diet Hyperactivity). See Food Industry Funding Effect for a discussion of how studies funded by soft drink corporations may be biased. I've got 32 other videos on pregnancy and hundreds of videos on a thousand other topics.
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