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A Nice Refreshing Glass of...phosphoric acid?
A recent Purdue University study concluded that “healthy adults who consumed at least one diet drink a day increased their chance for weight gain”. According to Dr. Marie Savard, “diet drinks alter your metabolic limit, your brain chemistry”.
59% of Americans consume diet soft drinks, yet our nation has the highest obesity rates in the world. There are thousands of internet articles that can be read regarding this subject. Here are a few points I discovered with a simple Google search:
Ingredients listed in Diet colas include aspartame, phosphoric acid, and potassium benzoate. Three byproducts of aspartame are methanol, formaldehyde, and formate, which defenders maintain occur in modest amounts - similar to what is found in fruit juices - and cannot be considered toxic. But according to Michael Schachter MD in an article on HealthWorld, the methanol in juices is chemically bound so it cannot be absorbed into the body whereas in aspartame it is in a free state where it can be absorbed. Additionally, in aspartame the methanol is unaccompanied by ethanol which acts as a protectant in its natural state.
A PubMed search reveals divided opinion over whether aspartame consumption can lead to worrisome build-ups of blood methanol or formaldehyde.
As one writer on wikianwers.com stated, “diet coke is basically chemical soup, and probably something that nature never intended that any living thing consume as nourishment.”
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