Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in many diet products because it has very low calorie (almost nonexistent) value and is up to 200 times sweeter than sugar.
Aspartame is used all over the world as a sugar substitute in thousands of foods and drinks.
An interesting fact about aspartame is that its approval, in fact, was initially denied several times by US Food and Drug Administration and then it was approved with lot of controversy, even though there were 92 documented side effects.
Aspartame is found in many food products, not only in diet drinks.
It can be found in cereals, chewing gum and even “vitamins.”
That’s why you have to read the labels!
Under the trade names Equal, NutraSweet, and Canderel, aspartame is an ingredient in approximately 6,000 foods and beverages sold worldwide, including (but not limited to) diet sodas and other soft drinks, instant breakfasts, breath mints, cereals, sugar-free chewing gum, cocoa mixes, frozen desserts, gelatin desserts, juices, laxatives, chewable vitamin supplements, tabletop sweeteners, instant coffees etc.
Side effects of aspartame:
Confusion, memory loss,
degraded low blood sugar,
Increased susceptibility to infection and many others.
It is especially harmful for diabetics.
Professor of clinical psychiatry at Ohio University, Ralph Walton, analyzed the medical literature through the database MEDLINE and came to the conclusion that from 164 studies on the impact of aspartame on human health, 74 of them were funded by industry that is related to the production of this sweetener.
As expected, none оf these 74 studies has identified health issues and problems that aspartame could eventually entail.
On the other side, 92 % of the independent studies show problems caused by excessive consumption of this sweetener.