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    Vol. 8, No. 8 - June 2007
    New Research Reveals the Hard Truth About Soft Drinks

    http://seventhgeneration.com/making_...=564&issue=100

    According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, American soft drink manufacturers produce enough soda each year to provide over 52 gallons to every man, woman, and child in the country. Though we generally avoid the stuff, that’s a lot of people drinking a lot of pop, a “food” that has been linked to obesity and diabetes. Now new evidence is linking a common additive in soda and other foods to even harsher health effects and adding a note of urgency to the rising tide of scientific opinion that says synthetic food additives in general are anything but good to eat.

    The additive in question is sodium benzoate, a common preservative derived from benzoic acid that’s found in sodas, barbecue sauce, commercial fruit pies, margarine, pickled products, preserves, salad dressing, relishes, condiments, and other acidic foods.

    Previous research (see The Non-Toxic Times May 2006) has established that in soft drinks, sodium benzoate can combine with any vitamin C that’s present or added to create benzene, a serious carcinogen.

    Now researchers have found that this ingredient may have the ability to switch off critical parts of cellular DNA and interfere with important cell functions.

    Scientists at England’s Sheffield University tested the effects of sodium benzoate on live yeast cells. To their alarm, they discovered that the chemical damaged a vital portion of the DNA in the cells’ mitochondria, a structure that’s responsible for producing a substance called adenosine 5'-triphosphate, or ATP, which supplies the chemical energy needed for the cellular metabolism upon which life depends.

    According to lead researcher Professor Peter Piper, quoted in Britain’s Independent, "These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it: they knock it out altogether. The mitochondria consumes the oxygen to give you energy and if you damage it - as happens in a number of diseased states - then the cell starts to malfunction very seriously. And there is a whole array of diseases that are now being tied to damage to this DNA - Parkinson's and quite a lot of neuro-degenerative diseases, but above all the whole process of aging."

    The new evidence that sodium benzoate could be destroying cellular mitochondria underscores growing concerns that many synthetic food additives are causing a variety of different kinds of little understood harm to the children and adults that consume them.

    Research conducted at the University of Southampton in 2004 (See The Non-Toxic Times, July 2004), for example, found that children fed fruit juice containing combinations of six artificial food colors and sodium benzoate displayed levels of extreme hyperactivity at rates that were more than double those displayed by children fed a placebo.

    That study underscores another concern: that the hazards created by combining multiple additives in a single product may be even more worrisome that the dangers represented by any one individual ingredient by itself. Evidence that this may be so is slowly coming to light. For example, a 2005 University of Ulster food study found that the additives used in potato chips and soft drinks, when combined, produced health effects seven times greater than those produced by the use of any one alone.

    Scientists suspect all kinds of synthetic colors, preservatives, and other additives of causing a wide variety of health effects that range from behavioral changes and allergic reactions to neurological damage and cancer. It’s a list too long and complex to offer here, but concerned consumers (and we recommend that anyone who consumes food be concerned!) can consult a variety of resources to make better informed decisions.

    • The Center for Science in the Public Interest offers a list of food additives and their safety assessments at http://www.cspinet.org/reports/chemcuisine.htm. (Note that while this listing is very helpful, we don’t necessarily agree with all of its conclusions. Sodium benzoate, for example, is listed as safe when clearly it is not. As with any source of information, use your judgment when consulting this guide.)

    • An index of food colors, preservatives and other additives can also be found at http://www.ukfoodguide.net/enumeric.htm. Note that this listing uses the European Union system of “E numbers” to list ingredients. Where artificial food colors are concerned, some translation may be required. Here’s a quick guide to help:

    The following artificial food colors are approved for use in the U.S.:

    – FD&C Blue No. 1 (Brilliant Blue FCF)
    – FD&C Blue No. 2 (Indigotine)
    – FD&C Green No.3 (Fast Green FCF)
    – FD&C Red No.4 (Allura Red AC)
    – FD&C Red No.3 (Erythrosine)
    – FD&C Yellow No.5 (Tartrazine)
    – FD&C Yellow No.6 (Sunset Yellow)
    – Orange B (approved only for use in hot dog and sausage casings and surfaces and in amounts only up to 150 ppm of the finished food weight.)
    – Citrus Red No. 2, (a.k.a. C.I. Solvent Red 80, or C.I. 12156. Approved only for use on orange skins.)

    • For more information about the soft drink dietary issues in general visit http://www.cspinet.org/liquidcandy/.

    • To learn more about the issue of benzene in sodas see http://www.ewg.org/issues/toxics/20060228/index.php

    [Note: At press time a new redesign of the Environmental Working Group web site had rendered this link inoperable. In the hope that EWG works out the kinks in its new site and restores its benzene information, we've kept this resource in our newsletter for future reference.]

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    Spermicide Coke, stale chips research wins Ig Nobels
    By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor Fri Oct 3, 2008



    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A researcher who figured out that Coke explodes sperm and scientists who discovered that people will happily eat stale chips if they crunch loudly enough won alternative "Ig Nobel" prizes Thursday.
    Other winners included physicists who found out that anything that can tangle, will tangle and a team of biologists who ascertained that dog fleas jump farther than cat fleas.


    The Ig Nobels honor real research, but are meant as a funny alternative to next week's deadly serious Nobel prizes for medicine, chemistry, physics, economics, literature and peace.


    Awarded by the editors of the Annals of Improbable Research, a scientific humor magazine, the prizes are based on published research, some intended to be humorous but often not. Usually the "honored" researchers go along with the joke.


    Deborah Anderson of Boston University Medical Center and colleagues were awarded the chemistry prize for a 1985 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found Coca-Cola kills sperm.


    She said she was serious in testing the soft drink because women were using it in a douche as a contraceptive and, later, to try to protect themselves from the AIDS virus.


    "It definitely wouldn't work as a contraceptive because sperm swims so fast," Anderson said. But Coke made with sugar quickly kills sperm, she said, probably because sperm soak it up. "The sperm just kind of explode," she said in a telephone interview.


    It kills the AIDS virus too, she said.


    The Ig Nobel committee made up a "nutrition prize" to go to Massimiliano Zampini of the University of Trento, Italy and Charles Spence of Britain's Oxford University, who tricked people into thinking they were eating fresh potato chips by playing them loud, crunching sounds when they bit one.
    The biology prize goes to a French team that found dog fleas can jump higher than cat fleas, while the medicine prize was awarded to a team at Duke University in North Carolina who showed that high-priced placebos work better than cheap fake medicine.


    Dorian Raymer of the Scripps Institution in San Diego and a colleague won the physics prize for demonstrating mathematically why hair or a ball of string will inevitably tangle itself in knots.


    The peace prize was given to the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology for adopting the legal principle that plants have moral standing and dignity. There is a website explaining this: http://www.ekah.admin.ch/en/topics/d...ion/index.html


    A team at The University of Sao Paulo in Brazil won a special archaeology prize for showing how an armadillo can mess up an archaeological dig.
    The economics prize went to researchers at the University of New Mexico who learned that a professional lap dancer earns bigger tips when she is most fertile, while David Sims of Cass Business School in London won the literature prize "for his lovingly written study 'You Bastard: A Narrative Exploration of the Experience of Indignation within Organizations'," the committee said.


    Past winners include the creator of the plastic pink flamingo, a researcher who recorded a mallard duck sodomizing a dead drake and a doctor who cured hiccups by applying digital rectal massage.


    (Reporting by Maggie Fox, editing by Anthony Boadle)



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    Snopes: Is coke spermicidal? studies for/against:


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    All soft drinks are bad and should be avoided but for those who are too addicted to quit right away, they should switch to better options until they can quit.

    The Best and Worst Soft Drinks

    Let's get one thing straight: Very few of these drinks have any redeeming nutritional value at all. You'd be best to cut soft drinks out of your life entirely, but if you find yourself with a craving for carbonation, choose the drinks that will do the least amount of damage.


    The Worst Lemon-Lime Soft Drink

    7Up
    (per 12 fl oz)
    150 calories
    0 g fat
    38 g sugars

    This has as much sugar in 12 ounces as you'll find in a twin-wrapped pack of Twinkies. Click to the next slide to find a better option.

    The Best Lemon-Lime Soft Drink

    Izze Esque Sparkling Limon
    (12 fl oz)
    50 calories
    0 g fat
    11 g sugars

    One of our favorite soft drink options, this drink is made from 25% juice, sparkling water, and natural flavoring.
    The Worst Cola

    Coca-Cola
    (12 fl oz)
    140 calories
    0 g fat
    39 g sugars

    Our US companies sure can export obesity. Coke is consumed in more than 200 countries.

    The Best Cola

    Oogave Esteban's Cola
    (12 fl oz)
    102 calories
    0 g fat
    24 g sugars

    Truth is, you'd be better off going diet, but if you're going to indulge, you may as well let Esteban give you your fix and save the extra 38 calories a can of Coke contains.

    The Worst Orange-Flavored Soft Drink

    Sunkist
    (per 8 fl oz)
    130 calories
    0 g fat
    34 g sugars

    Ounce for ounce, the worst soft drink on the market today.

    The Best Orange-Flavored Soft Drink

    San Pellegrino Aranciata
    (6.75 fl oz)
    80 calories
    0 g fat
    19 g sugars

    Any drink with real juice trumps a soda every time. This one has 18% of the real stuff, plus a perfect portion size to boot.

    The Worst Black Cherry Soft Drink

    Stewart's Black Cherry
    (12 fl oz)
    190 calories
    0 g fat
    46 g sugars

    Don't be fooled by fancy throwback bottles. More often than not, the liquid inside is more sugar-laden than normal sodas.

    The Best Black Cherry Soft Drink

    Steaz Zero Calorie Black Cherry Sparkling Green Tea
    (12 fl oz)
    0 calories
    0 g fat
    0 g sugars

    Harnesses tea's nutritional powers without the sugars.

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    Pepsi Cola

    Pepsi admitted over the phone on July 8, 1999 that their products DO contain alcohol. Here is what Pepsi said:

    "The oils that they use to make pepsi have minute traces of alcohol which combined make up a percentage of alcohol" - Pepsi (July 8, 1999 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time)


    If you would like to contact Pepsi yourself, please call 1-800-433-2652.

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    I, Asma Rice (TheMuslimWoman@aol.com), also called Coca-Cola again and finally got someone to talk. I was told there Coca-Cola products do not contain ANY alcohol in their products ... not even in the flavoring. A written document is being forwarded to me within 10-14 days, Insha-Allah. I called on July 9, 1999.

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    July 23, 1999 ... the Coca-Cola letter arrives!

    The letter dated July 9, 1999 reads as follows (the official letter is with me, TheMuslimWoman@aol.com):

    Dear Ms. Rice

    Thank you for contacting us. We appreciate this opportunity to provide information about the ingredients in our soft drinks.

    In the manufacture of Coca-Cola products, alcohol is not ADDED as an ingredient and no fermentation takes place. The ingredients and manufacturing process used in the production of our products are rigorously regulated by government and health authorities in nearly 200 countries that have consistently RECOGNIZED our products as nonalcoholic.

    As an aside, you may be interested to know that alcohol occurs extensively in nature. A scientific review has shown that the majority of food and drink products, both natural and manufactured, MAY contain SMALL amounts of alcohol. Such products include fruits, juices, vegetables, breads, cheeses, fishes, poultry, beef, and even honey. The unavoidable presence of TRACES of alcohol in NATURAL foods is well known to food authorities and is taken into consideration when establishing food standards.

    Additionally, Saudi Arabia has a standard for the testing of soft drinks (Standard No. 100 1398 H published by the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization). Use of this method shows our soft drinks to be FREE from alcohol.

    I hope this information is helpful. Thank you for your interest in the products of The Coca-Cola Company.

    Sincerely,

    Kathy Daly

    Consumer Affairs Specialist

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    Coca-Cola

    I got hold of a human at Coke. I told him I wasn't looking for a lawsuit, I wasn't looking for "secret ingredients" I wasn't looking for any ingredient names. Here's what he said.

    Here at Coke we comply with all government regulations and there is no alcohol in our products whatsoever. No fermentation takes place. Even in countries where Islam is the main religion we comply with all of their regulations.

    I said "Does this mean that you have made a conscious decision that all of your ingredients even those flavorings which usually contain small amounts of alcohol, you use only ingredients which are alcohol free, all of the time, everywhere, without exception?"

    He said " That is correct" I said, "So you use ALL ALCOHOL FREE ingredients, even your flavoring oils..." he said "That is Correct. I understand what you are saying. You are not looking for ingredients, you are a Muslim and you need to know if there are minute traces of alcohol, any amount." I said "Yes that's correct" He said "No, there is no way there could be any alcohol in our products"

    However from Pepsi, I was told the same thing. Pepsi uses oils, such as Vanilla Extract, which contain small amounts of alcohol in them.

    He also said that years ago there was cocaine in Coke, but that was before cocaine was illegal. When it became illegal they had to take all of the cocaine out of Coca Cola products. And that today there is no traces of Cocaine whatsoever in there products.

    If anyone wants to check this out,

    Pepsi 1(800)433-2652

    Coke 1(800) 438-2653

    One bit of advice, Coca Cola is VERY secretive about their products. They are mostly robots trained to say a few sentences, make sure you tell them you are not looking for ingredient names, or blame, or lawsuits. Let them know it is for religious reasons and that is all. I had to call back a few times before I could get someone to really talk to me...

    Safiyah Johnson
    FiAmanilah@aol.com

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    Coca Cola recipe 'discovered' - Contains Alcohol


    A website claims to have uncovered Coca-Cola's top secret recipe

    By Barney Henderson - 15 Feb 2011

    The ingredients of the drink, created by John Pemberton, a medicinal pharmacist in 1886, have always been a mystery. However, Thisamericanlife.org claims to have discovered a list in a photograph in a newspaper article giving the ingredients and exact quantities to make the drink.

    The Feb 8 1979 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a photo of someone holding open a book with a recipe claimed to be an exact replica of Pemberton's.

    The recipe reportedly contains the exact measures of all the different oils needed for Coca Cola's secret ingredient, Merchandise 7X. Despite making up only one per cent of the drink's total formula, Merchandise 7X is thought to give the popular soft drink its unique taste.

    The official recipe is said to be guarded 24-hours a day in a vault in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The 'secret recipe'

    Fluid extract of Coca 3 drams USP

    Citric acid 3 oz

    Caffeine 1oz

    Sugar 30 (it is unclear from the markings what quantity is required)

    Water 2.5 gal

    Lime juice 2 pints 1 qrt

    Vanilla 1oz

    Caramel 1.5oz or more to colour

    7X flavour (use 2oz of flavour to 5 gals syrup):

    Alcohol 8oz

    Orange oil 20 drops

    Lemon oil 30 drops

    Nutmeg oil 10 drops

    Coriander 5 drops

    Neroli 10 drops
    Cinnamon 10 drops



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    If it's true that Coca Cola contains alcohol, then Muslims can file a class action law suit against the bottling company just as the Hindus sued McDonald's because their French Fries contain beef.

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    I updated that last post to include Pepsi in there. The Muslims could do a class action law suit against both companies, but the question is who is going to do it plus those giants bring out corporate lawyers and won't roll over so easily.

    I didn't know about the lawsuit against the fries, but I found a good link that summarizes it here:

    http://www.compassionatespirit.com/M...it-article.htm

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    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/...in511109.shtml

    McDonald's Settles Beef Over Fries

    Company Will Pay $10 Million To Settle Vegetarian Lawsuits

    Of course, $10 million is nothing.

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    I'm not surprised if it has alcohol in it, not like these big company's have interest other than making lots of money off us, who cares how the stuff is made up. If for no other reason I'd stay away from it because of the HFCS, that alone is harmful to the body, not to mention the BPA in the bottles secreting fake estrogen to anyone who drinks it. Anyway you look at it, it's all haram.
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    Watchdog group finds high levels of carcinogen in Pepsi drinks


    Lorraine Mirabella - July 3, 2013

    A health watchdog group is releasing a study today that found high levels of a cancer-causing chemical in Pepsi drinks in 10 states, including Maryland.

    The Center for Environmental Health commissioned Eurofins Analytical laboratory in Louisiana to analyze Coke and Pepsi products that were purchased from 10 states.

    The group said Coca-Cola and PepsiCo had pledged to change their products’ caramel coloring as a result of a California law that requires labeling of products with cancer-causing ingredients. But CEH found that the Pepsi bought in Maryland and nine other states, not including California, still contains high levels of the chemical, 4-methylimidazole.

    The testing showed that Coke products have been reformulated. Earlier tests showed both Coke and Pepsi products have been reformulated in California.

    A spokeswoman for PepsiCo released a statement in response to the CEH findings that said the beverage maker's caramel coloring suppliers are modifying their process to reduce the 4-MEI in the caramel.

    "The work has been done in California; the rest of the U.S. will be completed by February 2014," the company’s statement said. "PepsiCo suppliers are also undertaking this effort globally. There will be no change to our product formula or to the great Pepsi taste consumers know and love."

    The statement also said: "The safety of our products is PepsiCo's top priority and we abide by the regulatory guidelines everywhere we do business. The FDA and other regulatory agencies around the world, including the European Food Safety Authority and Health Canada, consider our caramel coloring safe for use in foods and beverages."

    CEH applauded Coca-Cola's action but called Pepsi’s delay "inexplicable."

    UPDATE: After PepsiCo issued its response, a spokesman for CEH said the group will test Pepsi products again in the spring.

    In the recent test, CEH asked 10 supporters from across the country to send Coke and Pepsi products bought in their area, and the organization sent them to the lab. Beverages included Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and other products. The tests found little or no 4-Mel chemical in nine out of 10 Coke products. Outside of California, the Pepsi drinks contained levels of the chemical that ranged from four to more than eight times higher than allowed in Californa, the group said.

    Nearly half of Americans drink soda every day, according to a 2012 Gallup poll, with the average person drinking more than two glasses of soda a day.


    http://www.baltimoresun.com/business...0,480885.story


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    This is in the USA where the law forces these companies to remove the cancer causing chemical, but there are no such laws in other countries (especially Muslim countries) to prevent them from adding any kind of dangerous chemical to their products.




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    Study: Soda fountains at fast food restaurants contain Fecal Bacteria and E.Coli




    The mayor of New York may worry about super-sized soft drinks playing a role in the obesity epidemic, without realizing the real risks from these sweet poisons. The truth is drinking soda has many risks beyond the chemical toxins and high sugar content.

    Would you like some human waste products with your soda?

    A recent study has revealed that 48 percent of all soda fountains – at fast food restaurants – contain coliform bacteria, which grows in feces, and 11 percent contain E. Coli.
    Since soda seems to be a staple of the fast food experience, half of the diners are being exposed to these sickening bacteria – every day!

    This is not a joke. A team of microbiologists at Hollins University published their findings of bacteria in soda within the International Journal of Food Microbiology.

    The researcher Renee Godard and her colleagues acquired 90 beverages of three types (sugar soda, diet soda, water) from 30 fast food restaurants in a 22-mile area near Roanoke, in southern Virginia. They tested beverages from both self-service and employee-dispensed machines, both types were found to contain pathogenic microorganism.

    Drinking soda increases your risk for intestinal disorders

    The bacteria counts were quite high in 20 percent of the samples along with other pathogens such as staphylococcus and Candida. The research revealed that many of these bacteria were resistant to one or more of 11 antibiotics tested on them.

    The concern voiced by the researchers is in this quote “The large number of beverages and soda fountain machines containing E. coli is still of considerable concern — and suggests that more pathogenic strains of bacteria could persist and thrive in soda fountain drinks.”

    Many of the soda beverages come from dispensers that fell below Unites States drinking water standards, according to these findings. The thought that the soda fountains contain bacteria that originated in poop and are resistant to antibiotics isn’t going to deter most people from the sweet stimulations they crave.

    A journalist Tom Lawskawy, broke the news of the study and said there’s been an awful lot of gastric distress that goes unreported. The truth is with the large amount of food distribution centers there is probably a lot more that doesn’t get reported. The non-traditional way our food supply reaches us makes banking on its safety impossible.

    What you haven’t been told – could kill you

    The researchers are uncertain how the bacteria got inside the beverage machines. Renee Godard, lead author of the study and professor of biology and environmental studies said “it could be from dispensing with a hand that wasn’t clean or using wet rags to wipe down the machine.”

    The perception that soda machines dispense something, which is meant for human consumption is the first mistake made. The real question is how bad is bad; soda is responsible for contributing to human illness, and to think that it is o.k. to drink it when it is free of fecal bacteria is ridiculous. Aseptic doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

    Soda increases infections even when it is pristine. The biggest scam perpetuated on the public is that there is such a thing as safe to drink sodas. To avoid negative reactions to soft drinks just stay away from them. Juicing and green smoothies not only taste better but feed the good bacteria and starve the pathogens.


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    Soft Drinks Cause Infertility

    Women who regularly consume soft drinks may be reducing their chances of getting pregnant

    by Henry Bodkin - 17 October 2016

    Women who regularly consume soft drinks may be reducing their chances of getting pregnant, according to new research.

    A study of 524 patients found a link between artificial sweeteners, such as those used in "diet" sodas, and lower fertility rates, while use of sugar in soft drinks and added to coffee was associated with poorer quality of eggs and embryos.

    One of Britain's leading fertility experts last night described the findings as "highly significant", and warned women not to underestimate the effects of food additives on their likelihood of conception.

    Other scientists, however, have said the lower pregnancy rates may have been driven by obesity, which is already a known negative factor, rather than the sugar or its synthetic equivalent per se.

    Artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin and sucralose, are chemical substances that many people choose over sugar because they are low-calorie or calorie-free.

    In the study, which will be presented today at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine congress in Salt Lake City, a batch of women who were undergoing IVF treatment were interviewed by nutritionists about the foods they consumed, as well soft and hot drinks.



    The finding, showed that reduced rates of pregnancy was most closely associated with consumption of soft drinks made with artificial sweeteners, as well as coffee with added artificial sweeteners.

    Meanwhile the use of sugar in soft drinks and coffee was associated with a poorer quality of egg, which can be a factor in likelihood of getting pregnant.

    Unsweetened coffee, however, had no effect on egg quality or pregnancy chances, said the researchers from the Federal University of Sao Paulo.

    Professor Adam Balen, Chairman of the British Fertility Society, said: "This is a very interesting study that suggests the false promise of artificial sweeteners that are found in soft drinks and added to drinks, such as coffee, may have a significant effect on the quality and fertility of woman's eggs and this may further impact on the chances of conception.

    "These findings are highly significant to our population.

    "There should be more scrutiny of food additives and better information available to the public and, in particular, those wishing to conceive."

    However, a spokesman for the British Dietetic Association said the study made no effort to distinguish the effect on fertility outcomes of the bodyweight of the women in the trail from the impact of artificial sweeteners and sugar in their diets.

    Professor Sir Colin Berry, Emeritus Professor of Pathology at Queen Mary University London, also cautioned about drawing inferences on wider reproductive outcomes from the experience of IVF patients.


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016...cing-their-ch/


 

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