The artificial sweetener aspartame can be found in the sugar substitutes Nutra-Sweet, Canderel and Hermesetas, as well as more than 6,000 food products, including diet drinks, low-calorie yoghurts, sugar-free chewing gum and even potato crisps and cooking sauces. It is also used in some medications and nutritional supplements.
But, as I explained in my last blog post, aspartame is more likely to make you put on weight and develop metabolic syndrome than to aid weight loss. And that isn’t the only good reason to steer clear of aspartame. Ever since it was first approved by the FDA in 1974 (then withdrawn over safety concerns before being approved again in 1981), aspartame has been a highly controversial chemical.
As I wrote in an earlier post here, aspartame significantly raises the risk of developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. And a new study shows that aspartame intensifies the link between obesity and blood sugar problems.1 So, the advice from the NHS that aspartame is “a really useful alternative for people with diabetes who need to watch their blood sugar levels” is just plain crazy!
Aspartame is not a food. It’s a poison. Dr Joseph Mercola, a well-known US proponent of natural medicine, describes aspartame as “by far the most dangerous substance added to most foods today”. Among its many adverse effects in the body, there is clear evidence that aspartame is implicated in:
- Damage to the blood-brain barrier, disruption of neurotransmitter production and the development of brain tumours2
- Changes in brain chemistry that can adversely affect mood, behaviour and cognitive function. In a clinical trial, aspartame caused greater irritability and depression, and poorer spatial awareness3
- Cancers in animal studies, including leukaemia, lymphomas and breast cancer. In these studies, lifelong exposure to very low doses of aspartame, equivalent to human use as a sweetener, resulted in cancers4
- Chronic muscle pain and fatigue, which may be diagnosed as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, but which is completely reversed when aspartame is eliminated from the diet5
Cutting out sources of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners could seriously improve your health. In my next blog post, I’ll tell you how a nutrient that protects your sight has also been found to help reduce the risks of stroke, heart attack, and metabolic syndrome.Wishing you the best of health,
PhD DHD Nutritionist
for Real Diabetes Truth
Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone’s personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.
1. Kuk JL, Brown RE. Aspartame intake is associated with greater glucose intolerance in individuals with obesity. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2016; 41(7):795-798.
2. Rycerz K, Jaworska-Adamu JE. Effects of aspartame metabolites on astrocytes and neurons. Folia Neuropathol. 2013;51(1):10-17.
3. Lindseth GN, Coolahan SE, Petros TV, Lindseth PD. Neurobehavioral effects of aspartame consumption. Res Nurs Health. 2014; 37(3):185-193.
4. Soffritti M, Padovani M, Tibaldi E, Falcioni L, Manservisi F, Belpoggi F. The carcinogenic effects of aspartame: The urgent need for regulatory re-evaluation. Am J Ind Med. 2014; 57(4):383-397.
5. Ciappuccini R, Ansemant T, Maillefert JF, Tavernier C, Ornetti P. Aspartame-induced fibromyalgia, an unusual but curable cause of chronic pain. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2010; 28(6 Suppl 63):S131-133.
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