Using diet sodas or sugar-sweetened regular sodas may increase risk of leukemia in men, but not in women, according to a new study published on Oct 24, 2012 in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Diet soda often uses aspartame, an artificial sweetener that has been linked to leukemia in animal studies.
The researchers also found men, but not women who had higher intake of regular sugar sweetened soda were at 66 percent higher risk for non-Hodgekin lymphomas, compared to men who did not use sugar sweetened soda.
Additionally, a 41 percent increased risk of leukemia was found in men and women who used one serving of diet soda per day, compared to those who did not use diet soda.
Here we have popular beverages associated with higher incidence of leukemia, but regulators are dragging their feet.
In comparison, they were very fast to regulate nutrients and herbs that had killed no one in decades, when pharmaceutical profits were threatened.
It seems that the bigger the industry, the more "acceptable collateral damage" it can cause and still get away with it.