Excess Soda Could Raise Esophageal Cancer Risk

As I was reviewing this article, one particular statement captured my focus: "It's not clear why diet soda...was associated with the risk of weight gain."

In our modern times, it is embarrassing for any good scientist to admit they cannot figure out how and why diet sodas stimulate hunger, keep the body in a state of malnutrition, and result in over-eating and weight gain.

In my book Splenda® Is It Safe Or Not?, I have written in detail how and why diet chemical sweeteners and "prosthetic" foods cause weight gain, and have sited the laboratory research substantiating this fact. If mainstream "scientists" can't figure out how and why fake sweeteners stimulate weight gain, which leaves the proof to the consumer. So, put on your lab coat, ditch the diet fizz, and figure this issue out for yourselves if you have to. Then you can teach the corporate researchers the basic facts of weight gain from diet sweeteners.

To your health!

Dr. Janet Hull


Excess Soda Could Raise Esophageal Cancer Risk

Dear Mayo Clinic: Is there any connection between esophageal cancer and diet soda?

Answer: The quick answer is no: there's no direct connection between esophageal cancer and diet or regular soda. But the quick answer doesn't tell the whole story.

There are interconnections between soda, obesity, gastroesophagel reflux disease, or GERD, and esophageal cancer that may indicate it's best to go easy on soda.

The incidence of esophageal cancer continues to increase, and so far, researchers can't pinpoint a single reason for the increase.

Here are some of the known risk factors:

GERD: Frequent or constant heartburn is the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease.

While heartburn seems like just a nuisance, about 5 percent of people with GERD will develop Barrett's esophagus, a condition that occurs when acid reflux stimulates changes in the lining of the lower esophagus. Patients with Barrett's esophagus have a 30- to 125-fold increased risk of developing esophageal cancer.

And GERD is also associated with obesity.

Obesity: While soda alone doesn't cause obesity, it can contribute to weight gain. A 12-ounce regular soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Diet soda, though calorie free, could contribute to weight gain, too.

A study presented at last year's annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association found that for people who drank two or more cans of diet soda a day, the risk of becoming overweight or obese was 57.1 percent, compared with 47.2 percent for those who drank more than two cans of regular soda a day.

The study, done by researchers at Texas Health Science Center,tracked 622 people for about seven years.

It's not clear why diet soda consumption was associated with a higher risk of weight gain. The researchers speculated that diet soda drinkers fared worse because they opted for diet soda in an effort to lose weight. But drinking diet soda - without other changes - isn't enough to shed pounds. Or, it was theorized that perhaps the artificial sweeteners in diet soda somehow stimulate appetite.

It is clear that maintaining a healthy body weight reduces your risk of many chronic illnesses, including some cancers. Although the interplay between soda, obesity and GERD hasn't been directly linked to esophageal cancer, there are enough connections to raise caution and watch what you drink.

- Claude Deschamps, M.D., Thoracic Surgery; and Jennifer Nelson, R.D., Clinical Dietetics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
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