Jones 2023: Learning and memory deficits produced by aspartame are heritable via the paternal lineage

mice on booksScientific Reports, Aug 31;13(1):14326. Jones, McCarthy, Stanwood, Schatschneider, Bhide

Mice who drank the equivalent of only 16 oz to 32 oz of diet soda per day seemed just fine — but their babies weren’t.  Both male and female pups had spatial learning and memory deficits. 

These cognitive deficits were not only transmitted to the babies of the mice who drank the aspartame-laced water, but also to the generation after that, both male and female.  This is the first time it has been suggested that an environmental exposure of men — not just pregnant women — has been shown to produce adverse impacts on the cognitive function of future generations. 

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