Aspartame and acesulfame-K are popular artificial sweeteners. They are found in various food and beverage products, including diet sodas and sugar-free gum. Many believe these products are a healthier alternative to sugar, but a new studies has linked them to increased cancer risk.
Aspartame is a very common artificial sweetener made up of two amino acids, phenylalanine, and aspartic acid.
Acesulfame-K is another artificial sweetener that is often used in conjunction with aspartame. It is around 200 times sweeter than sugar, making it a popular choice for those looking to cut back on their sugar intake.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Diego found that rats who were fed high doses of either aspartame or acesulfame-K developed more tumors than those who were not exposed to the sweeteners.
While this study was conducted on rats, the researchers believe that the results could also apply to humans. They advise people to limit their consumption of foods and beverages containing these artificial sweeteners.
Aspartame, is associated with several health problems, like headaches, weight gain, and depression.
In 2016, another study found that aspartame could enhance the breast cancer risk. Although further research is needed to confirm these findings.
If you are concerned about your cancer risk, talk to your doctor. They can help you make healthy choices to lower your risk.
Recent studies have found that Aspartame can cause cancer. In our body, proteins are metabolized in the digestive process and then metabolized into amino acids. Aspartame is broken down into phenylalanine and aspartic acid during digestion.
The cancer-causing properties of aspartame are due to the presence of 13C in the amino acids phenylalanine and aspartic acid.
So how do these chemicals cause cancer? The answer is not entirely clear. They may damage DNA or interfere with cell signaling.
The report: Evidence of Stable Isotope 13C Causing All Cancers, by Reginald B. Little. Dept of Natural Science, Stillman College the author concludes that this is evidence that stable uncommon, nonprimordial isotopes (2D, 13C, 15N, 17O, 25Mg, 33S) cause cancer and 13C directly causes cancer.
Acesulfame-K contains the chemical methylene chloride, which is a known carcinogen. It is used as an industrial solvent and has been linked to human cancer.
The precursors of acesulfame-K have structures similar to peptides and oligonucleotides. Degradation of oligonucleotides, which may lead to cancer, may be triggered by interactions between acesulfame-K and other compounds.
Human and bacterial cells are both sensitive to acesulfame-K’s disruptive effects.
In contrast to aspartame, which slows down bacterial E. Coli reproduction, experimental findings demonstrate that acesulfame-K has the opposite effect on the colony of E. Coli. Additionally, E. coli enriches amino acids with stable isotopes of C-13, N-15, and O-17.
Diet soda’s acesulfame-K and aspartame may increase the growth rate of cancer-causing E. Coli in the digestive tract.
When a regular diet soda containing acesulfame-K and aspartame, is combined with carbonates (containing large amount of C-13 and O-17 under pressures), the number of E. Coli in the digestive tract increases and serves as a fermenting reactor for E. Coli to produce the amino acids (which are isotopically enriched), for examples, phenylalanine, leucine, glycine, lysine, aspartic acid, and glutamic acid.
The short answer is no. There is no such thing as a safe artificial sweetener. All of the artificial sweeteners currently on the market have been linked to health problems in one way or another.
If you are looking for a safe alternative to sugar, your best bet is to avoid all artificial sweeteners and stick with natural options.
If you’re looking to avoid aspartame and acesulfame-K, you can do a few things.
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