Parents of today's children may want to consider that encouraging avoidance of artificial sweeteners may pay dividends in the next generation. Potential future fathers may want to know, in advance: Drinking diet soda may have negative impact on offspring. Research conducted on mice indicates consumption of the artificial sweetener aspartame related to memory and learning deficits in the next generation.
College of Medicine researchers discover learning and memory deficits after ingestion of aspartame
by Robert Thomas
Florida State University (FSU) News
Sept 18, 2023
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Ongoing work by Florida State University College of Medicine researchers into how aspartame affects the brain has linked the artificial sweetener with learning and memory deficits in mice.

... demonstrated spatial learning and memory deficits over the course of a controlled 16-week exposure. The study is published in Scientific Reports.

... potential effects on cognitive abilities.

... cognitive function that is distinct from the anxiety behavior

... a quite distinct function and brain network

... these kinds of transmissions occur due to epigenetic changes in the sperm

Over the course of 16 weeks, the mouse models were separated into three groups:
- a control group that consumed only water,
- a group that ingested 7% of the FDA’s recommended max intake of aspartame (equivalent to 2 8 oz. diet sodas daily) in its water,
- a group that ingested 15% aspartame (4 8 oz. diet sodas daily) in its water.
Study linked here:
Learning and memory deficits produced by aspartame are heritable via the paternal lineage
by Sara K. Jones, Deirdre M. McCarthy, Gregg D. Stanwood, Christopher Schatschneider & Pradeep G. Bhide
August 31, 2023
Scientific Reports