Aspartame Rat Experiment Proves Dangers

Picture from Aspartame Experiment showing Rat Cancer

Grant Gochnauer, more or less the obsessive pinnacle of health, sent over a link to a site that represents Victoria Inness-Brown personal experiment with 108 rats over a 2 year and 8 month period, studying the effects of aspartame in them.

The photo above was one of the rats in the study that had a common side effect of ingesting the aspartame, and that was huge tumors/cancerous growths. The consistency with which aspartame, in the test animals, produced cancerous growths should be disturbing enough to get it pulled from the market… but thank God for capitalism, we likely aren’t going to see aspartame going anywhere soon.

The reason I bring up Grant in all of this is because he is healthy… almost to a fault.

The guy knows shit like… eating a grapefruit and 1oz of protein will surge your metabolism for 1hr, and then a shot of caffeine will get you ready for a good workaround…

Anyway we had a conversation about aspartame a while ago and Grant was readily informed about the dangers of diet soda and the seemingly obvious evidence linking aspartame to cancer and other issues, but ones that our medical community seems to either not care about or just completely avoid looking into.

One part of that conversation (with a group of friends) was how we all compared notes and noticed that when we had a diet soda, it was noticeably easier to consume more food… almost 50% sometimes, than if we were just drinking water. A common comment was having pizza with water compared to eating pizza with a diet soda, the difference in slices consumed was almost double.

I have independently tested this myself over the last year, eating the same meal on different days over and over and over again, with Diet Pepsi one day and water the next. Regardless of the setting (home cooked or eaten out) I can eat almost twice as much when drinking a diet soda with the meal than if I were just drinking water.

The connections of aspartame and cancer are scary and the circumstantial evidence seems to be all over the place (e.g. Aspartame Victims Support Group) but I think there is a very valid link to diet soda and obesity in this country as well. Combining an appetite enhancer with the American mindset of “I can have it all!” and you have a recipe for disaster.

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6 Responses to “Aspartame Rat Experiment Proves Dangers”

  1. GrantGochnauer February 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    dude, you didn’t know those aren’t actually muscles, they are large tumors from drinking diet soda.. I just asked my tumors to grow in nice shapes and in the right places.

  2. Anonymous May 25, 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    dude u serious abt that sweetener stuff!! man i dnt want to end up lookin like that rat..! i guess i will quit that crap then!

  3. Riyad Kalla May 25, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    It’s pretty disturbing the research that has connected aspertame to a lot of unhealthy growths, tumors, sickness, etc.

    Just googling the subject you can find entire support groups around recovering from it.

  4. Wil January 17, 2011 at 2:02 am #

    Okay, there are many substances that cause tumor’s in rats/mice but not in humans, such as Azt, the anti-retroviral drug that has saved people with HIV. The medical community is not ignoring the issue, it’s that simply it was found not to be a problem in humans. Also, the increased food consumption from drinking diet sodas comes from that fact that tasting something sweet increases hunger, yet there is no subsequent sugar load going into your blood stream telling your brain that you are eating and getting full (given the fact it is diet and it has no real sugar). Thusly, you eat more. Water would not increase hunger by any means.

  5. jazz February 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    actually rats commonly get tumors. I am frequently removing mammary tumors from rats. They look just like the one pictured, not necessarily localized to the mammary area due to the small size of the rat, and large size of the tumor.

  6. Anon August 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame_controversy

    Ramazzini studies

    The European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences (ERF) has released several studies which claim that aspartame can increase several malignancies in rats, concluding that aspartame is a potential carcinogen at normal dietary doses.[8] Although thirteen occupational safety and health experts signed an open letter from CSPI to the FDA expressing that the 2007 ERF study merited a reevaluation of aspartame’s safety in humans,[64][65] these studies have been widely criticized and discounted by the FDA and other food safety agencies:

    After reviewing the foundation’s claims, the EFSA[66] and the FDA[62] discounted the study results and found no reason to revise their previously established acceptable daily intake levels for aspartame. Reported flaws were numerous and included, but were not limited to, the following: comparing cancer rates of older aspartame-consuming rats to younger control rats; unspecified composition of the “Corticella” diet and method of adding aspartame, leading to possible nutritional deficiencies; unspecified aspartame storage conditions; lack of animal randomization; overcrowding and a high incidence of possibly carcinogenic infections; and the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s finding that the ERF had misdiagnosed hyperplasias as malignancies.[8] Reviews by the FDA and EFSA were hampered by the refusal of the Ramazzini Foundation to release all data and pathology slides, but from the materials received, the FDA[62] and EFSA[67] found that the data did not support the researcher’s published conclusions. Evaluation of this research by Health Canada[68] and the British government’s Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment[69] likewise found methodological problems with the research and did not recommend any further reconsideration of the recommended intake of aspartame in their respective countries. Another carcinogenicity study in rodents published by this foundation in 2010 was evaluated by the EFSA and was found to have multiple significant design flaws and could not be interpreted. The EFSA therefore concluded this study did not provide enough evidence to reconsider previous evaluation of aspartame safety.[70]

    A review of the literature concurred with these evaluations, finding many possible flaws in the study’s design and conclusions, which are also contradicted by other carcinogenicity studies which found no significant danger. This review therefore concluded this research did not constitute credible evidence for the carcinogenicity of aspartame.[8] Another review criticized the Ramazzini Foundation for relying on ‘science by press conference’ with its release of results through the media before being published in a proper peer-reviewed journal, thus helping fuel the controversy and publicity about the study in the media.[71]

    You know, I know one thing… why are people drinking this shit? We just need to get out and exercise and drink water.

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