DIET SODA CAUSES BELLY FAT
For way too long (and despite being one of the fattest peoples in the history of the world) Americans have been hung up on CALORIES. And for a very long time, I've been telling you that the secret to WEIGHT MANAGEMENT has little to do with them. Case in point; DIET SODA. If you click the link you can see that I have shown you over and over again that diet soda actually causes more weight gain than SUPER SUGARY regular soda --- most particularly in the form of the worst kind of weight gain ---- BELLY FAT (aka "Abdominal Obesity"). The thing is, we largely know how it happens. The ASPARTAME screws up your MICROBIOME (HERE), which in turn fouls up your ENDOCRINE SYSTEM. For those who don't "get it" there's a brand new study just for you.
Lead author, DR. SHARON FOWLER of the University of Texas analyzed the data of the SALSA Study (The San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging), and came to some shocking conclusions. After looking at individuals who turned 65 years old between 1992 and 1996, they looked at the biometric data about a decade down the road (just over 70% were still alive at study's end in 2004), publishing the results in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. Conclusions are as follows.
"In a striking dose-response relationship, increasing DSI [Diet Soda Intake] was associated with escalating abdominal obesity, a potential pathway for cardiometabolic risk in this aging population."
Let me put this in terms you can understand. After adjusting for confounding factors (SMOKING, lack of EXERCISE, DIABETES, etc), they discovered that the Diet Soda group gained nearly four times more belly fat than those who did not drink diet soda at all (3.16 inches to .8 inches). Not surprising considering that for a long time I've been telling people that GUT HEALTH is the most important kind of health, and METABOLIC SYNDROME is directly related to what's going on in your Gut.
A similar study was recently done at Johns Hopkins using the NHANES data (1999-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), and published in the January issue of the American Journal of Public Health (Diet Beverage Consumption and Caloric Intake Among US Adults Overall and by Body Weight). They parroted results we have seen repeatedly over the past decade --- that OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE persons who drink diet soda end up eating more empty calories than those who drink regular soda.
Beyond destroying good bacteria, we know that Aspartame and other EXCITOTOXINS heavily stimulate the brain's reward centers. This helps lead to both SUGAR ADDICTIONS and JUNK FOOD ADDICTIONS --- a significant factor not only in our national Obesity Epidemic, but in our national poor health. In fact, I would go so far to say that I'm not sure I've met a woman with FIBROMYALGIA who does not have a problem with sugar or junk carbs.
DIET SODAS FOR WEIGHT LOSS
"In unrelated news, the Alliance of Princess Tea Parties has released a study showing that boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider." Phillip Ryan commenting on a May 28 article by Allison Aubrey (Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?).
I have not only written numerous articles on SODA over the years, but have written extensively about DIET SODA as well. And to be very specific, I have repeatedly shown you that Diet Sodas DO NOT help people with long term weight loss. In fact, numerous peer-reviewed studies have shown that Diet Soda actually causes weight gain. Once you understand that MSG and NUTRASWEET (Aspartame) are both excitotoxins, and excitotoxins are known to cause OBESITY, you should begin to wonder how this study's authors got the results they did. Truth be known, they got it in the same fashion that the majority of our EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE is gathered in this country ---- someone paid for it.
When you start to look at this research, almost immediately you read that, "the study was fully funded by The American Beverage Association". Furthermore, the study's lead author, Dr. John C. Peters, "received consulting fees from The Coca-Cola Company outside of the submitted work." He was not the only author to do so. This is no different than a few years ago when the American Corn Growers told 60 Minutes that HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP was the same as white sugar. By the way, who is John C. Peters? He is an Associate Professor and Chief Strategy Officer at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Wellness Center. We learn from the university's website that Peters, "spent more than 25 years in research and development with the Proctor & Gamble Company, where he conducted and managed research, technology and product development programs in areas including nutrition, obesity, diabetes, metabolism........".
Riddle me this Batman. How in the world does one whose life work can be summed up as, "involved in a number of public health initiatives aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors for the prevention and management of obesity and diabetes," be taking money from Coca Cola and telling us that Diet Soda is better for us than water? You're right; it is a terrible CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST. But hey; the medical research field is littered with them. What's new?
If you are interested in losing real weight, it's going to take some real effort --- mostly regarding what you chose or chose not to put in your mouth. HERE are a few posts on Weight Loss. If you are going to do it, you may as well do it right!
MSG, ASPARTAME, AND OBESITY
(Or Why in the Name of Corn on the Cob is there MSG in Vaccines?)
Male rats received subcutaneous injections of MSG or saline during the first five days of life. At 150-days old, MSG rats presented massive abdominal fat deposition, hypertriglyceridemia, hyperinsulinemia, glucose intolerance and high plasma levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), a lipid peroxidation marker." From the January 2018 issue of the European Journal of Nutrition
"Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a widely-used flavor enhancer and stabilizer in ready-made or packaged foods. The excessive use of MSG has been shown to increase oxidative stress in different organ systems and causes glucose metabolism disorders, obesity, and coronary diseases." From the August 2016 issue of the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
MSG, Mono Sodium Glutamate, Mono Potassium Glutamate, Disodium Inositate, Glutamate, Guanylate, Glutamic Acid, Vegetable (legitimate "vegetables" will be listed by name), Protein (any kind of protein found on a food label “list of ingredients” is MSG), Extract, Gelatin, Hydrolyzed, Autolyzed, Sodium Casienate, Natural Flavor, Artificial Flavor, Flavoring or Flavored, Textured, Nutrient, Enzymes, Yeast (all kinds), Senomyx, Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Stock, Broth, Bullion (pure, 100% MSG), Whey, Isolate, Concentrate, Modified , Soy Sauce, Seasonings, Fermented, Starch, Cornstarch, Fructose, Lecithin, Carrageenan (sea weed / algae ---- big in Japan), Spices (legitimate spices, pepper, paprika, cloves, etc, will be labeled as such), Enzymes, Solids, Annatto, Gluten, and many others.
It gets crazier from here. If you look at the list found on the "Ingredients of Vaccines" page, which is found on the freakiest / scariest page of the CDC's entire website (HERE), you'll find among other fun things such as MERCURY (thimerosal), ALUMINUM, and FORMALDEHYDE; MSG (it's said to be a "stabilizer"). Once, however, you begin to understand what MSG does to the brain (make absolutely sure to watch Neurosurgeon, Russell Blaylock's video at the bottom of the page), you might think twice about following governmental VACCINATION recommendations (HERE is my information on Flu Vaccines). All the more troubling in light of what we know about 'MSG Obese' rats. MSG-Obese rats? Huh?
You see, not only have we known for decades that MSG causes behavioral problems (see quote at top of the page), but scientists are well aware that it causes OBESITY. How does MSG cause obesity? By affecting certain areas of the brain, most particularly the HYPOTHALAMUS (one of the single most important parts of the entire brain). This craziness is explained perfectly in the title of a 1997 study from the Department of Physiology of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil ---- "Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)-Obese Rats Develop Glucose Intolerance and Insulin Resistance".
Think about it for a moment; this is one heck of a combination. An intolerance to Glucose means that higher levels of blood sugar are going to give you such a wide array of physical and mental problems I can't even begin to mention them all here. But it doesn't end here; resistance to insulin means that it takes more and more insulin to get the glucose out of your blood and into your cells, leaving you with the dangerous combination of perpetually high blood sugar and perpetually high insulin levels (HERE or HERE). As we move forward, let me hit you with a few recent study titles showing the phenomenon of MSG or Hypothalamus Rats --- the process that scientists use to purposefully induce obesity.
Sex-Based Differences in Phagocyte Metabolic Profile in Rats with Monosodium Glutamate-Induced Obesity From the April 2018 issue of Scientific Reports
Environmental Enrichment Improved Cognitive Deficits More in Peri-Adolescent than in Adult Rats After Postnatal Monosodium Glutamate Treatment From the December 2017 issue of Physiology International
Liver Steatosis in Hypothalamic Obese Rats Improves After Duodeno-Jejunal Bypass by Reduction in de novo Lipogenesis Pathway From the November 2017 issue of Life Sciences
Efficacy of Nanoceria for Periodontal Tissues Alteration in Glutamate-Induced Obese Rats-Multidisciplinary Considerations for Personalized Dentistry and Prevention From the March 2017 issue of the EPMA Journal
Glibenclamide Treatment Blocks Metabolic Dysfunctions and Improves Vagal Activity in Monosodium Glutamate-Obese Male Rats From the May 2017 issue of Endocrine
(p-ClPhSe)2 Reduces Hepatotoxicity Induced by Monosodium Glutamate by Improving Mitochondrial Function in Rats From the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Cellular Biology
Since rats are the test-animal of choice for doctors studying drugs; when scientists need obese rats for their drug studies, and since there are no naturally occurring breed of rats, they must create their own. How do they do this? They inject them with MSG shortly after birth, scrambling their hypothalamus and areas of the brain that control satiety (the ability to sense 'fullness' after eating). Thus, we now have rats that eat and eat and then eat some more, gaining weight like there's no tomorrow simply because they never feel full. If you go to PubMed and start searching terms like MSG Obese Rats, MSG Obesity, or any dozens of others (there are just about as many terms for this as there are names for MSG), you will find hundreds upon hundreds of studies similar to what you are seeing today --- some of them dating back to when I was in grade school (and I'M A GEEZER). What does the MSG industry have to say about this?
MSGFacts dot com, the official site of MSG manufacturers, touts this sort of thing as one of the added benefits of MSG. That's right folks, this is how they spin MSG's addictive qualities. "Studies have found that adding MSG to certain foods, such as soup and mashed potatoes, has been successful in increasing the food intake of institutionalized elderly populations." Yay! Give individuals in the old-folks home MSG-laced grub so that they'll eat more of it. You can bet your bottom dollar that the MSG manufacturers are also aware of the evidence linking MSG to almost every neurological problem you can name (PARKINSON'S, ALZHEIMER'S, ADD / ADHD, DEPRESSION, MIGRAINE HEADACHES, ASTHMA, DIABETES, FIBROMYALGIA as well as a wide variety of GUT HEALTH problems).
So, whether you are a lab rat or a person trying to maintain your weight; just remember that MSG is going to cause you to gain weight in at least three different ways.
- It is going to cause an increase in insulin levels (INSULIN RESISTANCE) while leaving you less sensitive to glucose (meaning you need more and more blood sugar to achieve the effect your body requires).
- It is going to scramble certain parts of your brain, particularly your hypothalamus, often times leading to various forms of SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE.
- MSG and processed foods are extremely and purposefully addictive. When you add to this the fact that much of the foods that contain MSG could best be described as "junk food" or "junk carbs," think for a moment about the exponential nature of the ADDICTIVE POTENTIAL.
By the way, Glutamate (the most abundant neurotransmitter in the body) is intimately related to the amino acid Aspartate, which Aspartame is made from. Aspartame causes the exact same brain lesions as does MSG. This is why current research has shown for decades (plural) that DIET SODA WILL ACTUALLY MAKE YOU FATTER (much fatter) than regular soda. Truthfully, this is the sort of information which, if you are breathing, have a pulse, and care about your family, you should know about. Reach the people you love and care about most by liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK.
THE SORDID HISTORY OF ASPARTAME
Remember folks; these are some of the same people who told us half a century ago that Thalidomide was safe --- and not to worry about mercury in vaccines (HERE)! Are you interested in the truth? Would you like to know the real story behind the artificial sweetener we call Aspartame? Are you ready to be angry enough to eat skunk? If you have an extra half hour to kill, read the nearly unbelievable history of Aspartame, its development, and battle to be legalized as a "safe" product for consumers. The story will sicken and infuriate you at the same time.
THE FOLLOWING is a sordid tale of intrigue, deception, outright lies, huge payoffs, and millionaire politicians. I promise that if you start reading the article you will not be able to put it down.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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