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Health Canada NOW says: "Avoid Sugar Substitutes!" but U.S. Won't Do So Because of Corporate Manipulation of FDA

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Brissette then last turned to Marion Nestle, an American author and professor emeritus of nutrition, food studies and public health at NYU.

Nestle: "What we know about artificial sweeteners is for sure that they are not necessary. On a population basis, they do not seem to help people lose weight, but they may help some individuals. So, both approaches are valid. Personally, I follow a food rule not to eat anything artificial, so these sweeteners are off my dietary radar."

When asked what she thought was the reasoning behind the differing approaches to sugar substitutes taken by the U.S. and Canadian governments, she responded, "One can only speculate that the lobbying for artificial sweeteners worked better in the U.S. than in Canada."

Last month, the American Diabetes Association released a Nutrition Consensus Report that recommends that water replace sugar-sweetened beverages. If sugar substitutes are used, the report says, people should receive nutrition counseling to help them avoid replacing the calories and carbohydrates with food, that any proposed advantages to sugar substitutes haven't been proven, and that there could be potential adverse effects, such as impacts on hunger, confusion around calorie intake and the possibility that use of sugar substitutes could be replacing healthier options.

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Gizzymine 7 hours ago

Once again, flawed interpretation of scientific data. Correlation doesn't indicate causation. People who are eating/drinking artificial sugars are generally doing so because they have a condition that limiting sugar intake would help with, such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity. These people would be expected to have a greater chance of dying early, regardless of artificial sweetener intake. There is no evidence that the artificial sweeteners on the market today cause any health problems.

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And while some people might feel that drinking a diet soda gives them a reason to eat more of other food, I think most people know this isn't a good idea. But any sugar they don't consume is a good thing. If artificial sweeteners help people adjust to and accept a different eating style it's a good thing.

Psilociber 6 hours ago

wrong. There is a lot of evidence that links artificial sweeteners to several health issues, physical and mental. Sugar is good for NOBODY but in the long run is not as dangerous as sugar substitutes. Diabetics and obese people (and people in general) should retrain their palate and abstain from sugar. And everyone should stay away from sugar substitutes. If you dispute this, I can give more detailed information. At the very least, sugar is recognized by the body. Artificial sweeteners, even ones claiming to be natural, are not, and are treated by the body as a toxin.

Hyman Roth 16 hours ago

Why the difference in advice? Because the Canadian government's priority is to look out for the welfare of its citizens, while the priority of the US government is to advance the interests of whatever Corporate entity donates the most money to the prostitutes in Congress.

Maggie the Cat 17 hours ago

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Say it isn't so. I'd better start stockpiling Splenda.

1 Tough Lady 19 hours ago

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Sometimes hard ball consumer protection efforts bring good results, particularly in other nations with a healthy skepticism of the US, like Canada in this case, like Pakistan when it banned Monosodium Glutamate less than a year ago, and with all of the nations which have banned Roundup/Glyphosate, the latest of which is Vietnam.


However, industry is savvy; one nations bans it and they promote it in others, in this case, Bangladesh, one of the poorest nations in the world. Check out this video puff piece/news item about their poison "gaining popularity. The lawsuits on Roundup/Glyphosate will have a deadly effect world wide on Bayer/Monsanto, let me assure you....




Ajinomoto seasoning gains popularity in Bangladesh - ANI News Dhaka (Bangladesh) Jan 4 (ANI): The Ajinomoto Group produces and sells various seasonings and processed foods in more than 130 countries and regions ...
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My reaction to Aspartame was huge, and I didn't know it was in the product I used.packaged Kraft instant ice tea.When I wrote Kraft, they referred me to Monsanto, and Monsanto referred me to FDA approvals of tests I later learned they did themselves. Sugar was the first item on the 'contents' list, so I looked no further for artificial sweeteners, the last item on the list. Now I wonder, is that what's producing all these autistic kids? Pregnant women don't like the weight gain associated with the condition, so my first guess years ago was the lack of sufficient cholesterol to produce healthy brains in the fetus. But I do recall the first packet of sweetener I ever read, and it cautioned those who did not absolutely need it from using it. Saccharine. I hated the taste, and like birth control pills, also suspect I thought, of getting a little too close to meddling with a basic bodily process, I decided to pass. When a friend of mine stopped taking them to have a second child, she went into menopause at 28 years. I believe this and other large scale medical mistakes is behind the suspicion that vaccines may also be quite harmful in subtle ways that will take their inventors by surprise.

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Yes, you are right. The FDA sealed the teratology studies that were part of the Bressler Report. Go to www.mpwhi.com The last chapter of "While Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills by Dr. Woodrow Monte, is on aspartame and autism: se.com/general96/asparautism.html The FDA didn't even have the decency to add a pregnancy warning when studies showed spina bifida and neural tube defects, cleft palate, etc. Read the Aspartame Resource Guide on www.mpwhi.com and it will give you a lot of the information you need. All my best, Betty

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