Aspartame: A Deadly Diet Don’t!

Aspartame: A Deadly Diet Don’t!
Jessica Roberts

Still enjoying that diet soda? Time to seriously rethink your drink!

Aspartame is one of the most common artificial sweeteners in our food supply. The low calorie sweetener is found in more than 6,000 products and is consumed by over 200 million people around the world!

In the US, diet soda is the largest dietary source of aspartame. Americans consume over 5000 TONS of aspartame per year!

How can this controversial chemical continue to invade our food supply?

Aspartame was illegitimately approved as a food additive by powerful corporate influence. Most all drugs and food additives are approved by the FDA because companies essentially lobby the FDA with financial payoffs and complete the agency's multimillion dollar approval process.

So what does the science show?
That depends on who you ask.

According to the FDA, aspartame has been tested for more than 3 decades in more than 200 studies and determined to be safe.

What’s safe?

Two studies in 2006 and 2007 on rats showed that aspartame significantly increased the risk of developing cancer. The FDA reviewed these studies and disputed the conclusion that aspartame is a carcinogen. Currently the FDA supports the use of aspartame as a safe general purpose sweetener in food. Other health authorities continue to support aspartame’s safety such as the American Medical Association, American Dietetic Association, American Diabetes Association, Scientific Committee on Food of the European Commission, and the regulatory bodies of over 100 countries.

The FDA says more than 20 cans of diet soda per day is safe for human consumption!

In a recent study, researchers analyzed aspartame intake in over 2 million men and women over a 22 year period. The results concluded that consumption of aspartame and sugar-containing soda are associated with an increased risk of developing blood cancers in men and women. The results of the study also showed that just ONE 12-fl oz can of diet soda a day may increase the risk of leukemia in men and women, and multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men.

Aspartame has no business in your diet. Period. Cancer isn’t your only concern. Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Numerous side effects have been reported to include neurologic, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and psychological dysfunction and disease. The FDA has concluded that NONE of these side effects are related to aspartame consumption. Dr. Janet Hull is one health professional who has dedicated the past ten years sharing her experiences and natural recovery from the side effects of aspartame consumption. Read more on her story and aspartame here.

What about weight control?

Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and encourage fat storage and weight gain. ANY sweet taste, whether from real sugar or artificial sweeteners, triggers the release of insulin and leptin. These are two hormones involved with fat storage, satiety, and your metabolism. High levels of insulin and leptin are two major contributing forces to obesity, diabetes, and chronic disease. Aspartame is more likely to ADD the pounds rather than take them off!   

Time to axe the aspartame! Aspartame isn’t just in your diet soda either. You will find aspartame in sugar-free, low or no-carbs products, salad dressings, puddings, flavored milk, and yogurt. Aspartame is also found in drink powders, children’s medicines, cooking sauce, and chewing gum.

Add in more whole, unprocessed foods and beverages to crowd out the aspartame filled food and drinks. Read food labels and get rid of the aspartame for good!  

Here are 6 tips to help you ditch the aspartame and other artificial sweeteners:
  • Still can’t resist that soda? Drink 8 oz water before your down your beverage.
  • Less soda usually means less caffeine. Try subbing a can of diet soda with green tea.
  • Mix a small amount of fruit juice with carbonated water for a refreshing drink or try Deanna’s Cucumber Mint Refresher below.
  • Drink MORE water!
  • Fill your meals with plenty of whole, unprocessed foods such as fresh greens, fruits, and vegetables every day.
  • Read all food labels. Aspartame lurks in more foods than you know!
Deanna’s Cucumber Mint Refresher

  • 6 cups of water
  • 6 cups of coconut water
  • 2 to 3 organic limes, thinly sliced (you can also substitute lemons or mix it  up…use a lemon/lime combination)
  • 1 small organic cucumber sliced
  • 10 to 15 organic mint leaves
Place all ingredients into a large pitcher and serve chilled.

Want more tips?

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