Thursday, February 2, 2012

Aspartame is Evil….

I read skimmed an article today about all of the dangers of Aspartame.  Check it out here. It is pretty technical, but there is a bulleted list of symptoms caused by consuming Aspartame that is pretty eye opening.

The article said that Aspartame “appears to cause slow, silent damage in those unfortunate enough to not have immediate reactions and a reason to avoid it. It may take one year, five years, 10 years, or 40 years, but it seems to cause some reversible and some irreversible changes in health over long-term use.”

Basically, your best bet is to avoid diet drinks and “sugar-free” foods all together. The truth is they are simply replacing the sugar with another chemical that is extremely harmful to our bodies.

Aside from all the other health issues artificial sweeteners cause, weight gain is another concern.  We assume because something is “diet” or “sugar free” it’s better for us and won’t add unwanted pounds, but that is simply untrue.

This article from CBS News said that “For one study, researchers at the center followed 474 diet soda drinkers, 65 to 74 years of age, for almost 10 years. They found that diet soda drinkers' waists grew 70 percent more than non-drinkers. Specifically, drinking two or more diet sodas a day busted belt sizes five times more than people who avoided the stuff entirely.”  It also pointed out that "Artificial sweeteners could have the effect of triggering appetite but unlike regular sugars they don't deliver something that will squelch the appetite.”

Interesting, right??

Finally this is sinking in my thick skull!!

Does this not totally make you want to clean up your diet??  I know it does for me. 


Jenn @ Bliss to Bean said...

I don't like to drink pop now either after I read/heard about this. It makes me wish I never got started on the diet train when I was in college. I was trying to be "thin" and cool...ya great! Bleh. Great post!!

LeeAnn said...

I dont eat anything Light, Lite, Diet, Sugar Free....or anything of the sort. I literally just walked out from treating a patient who told me she drinks diet soda...we are in for a LONG convresation in the future! It is terrible!

The Bases said...

I just drank two huge diet cokes at lunch.... whoops...

Emily said...

I am actually one of those people who has immediate reactions to splenda. my mouth gets very metallic tasting and my tongue swells!

jessica said...

Aspartame is pretty scary stuff- which sucks because I LOVE diet coke. I've been trying really hard not to drink any DC lately, but I started slipping up this past week. Thanks for this little reminder :)

Happy Friday!