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Diet Soda Shills Exposed

From eNewsletter 10/2/2023

DID YOU KNOW that among the many benefits of having optimal zinc stores, such as blood sugar balance, emotional balance, and immune strength, a new study from Frontiers in Nutrition found that gut health is also dependent upon zinc?

According to the authors, higher dietary zinc intake was associated with a lower prevalence of Helicobacter pylori seropositivity. For those who don't know what H. Pylori is, an overgrowth of this bacteria in the stomach can lead to chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer, gastric cancer, and mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma.

Zinc is one of the most prevalent micronutrient deficiencies for two reasons. It is difficult to obtain in modern diets and it is very common to have one or more mutations of the gene most associated with zinc absorption.


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Year-round infection is the new normal. We are exposed to many endemic viruses including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Support your immune system with our Free Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here.

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  • Mental Minute: Lifelong Learning

  • eInspire: Margaret Mead

  • Action Plan of the Month: Improve Your Mood

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  • Did You Know?

  • Some Dietitians Exposed as Big Soda Shills

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  • Watch: Processed Meat Sensitivity

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Some Dietitians Exposed as Big Soda Shills

Steve: An appalling investigative report from the Washington Post (full article here) revealed that after the World Health Organization deemed the artificial sweetener aspartame a "possible carcinogen" earlier this year, the American Beverage Association, a lobbying front for Coca Cola and Pepsi, among others, paid dietitians, many with large social media followings, to laud the safety of aspartame, even to go so far as use the hastag #safetyofaspartame.

What makes this campaign even more egregious is that many of the paid dietitians did not disclose they were being paid by Coco Cola and Pepsi, which is a major "no-no" in the world of social media.

I watched some of the TikTok and Instagram posts from these influencers and it made me sick. As the WaPo reporters described, one dietitian who specializes in diabetes care, sipped from a glass of soda and told her Instagram viewers that artificial sweeteners “satisfy the desire for sweetness” without affecting blood sugar or insulin levels.

On the heels of last month's JAMA Network Open study that linked artificial sweeteners with increased depression risk, this tactic used by Big Food and Beverage goes way beyond aspartame and if not reigned in, how are we ever going to tackle the poor health of the United States population?


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