- June 22, 2015
In response to decreasing sales that can partially be attributed to consumer concern about the health hazards of aspartame, PepsiCo has announced that Diet Pepsi will no long contain this artificial sweetener as of August, 2015. NutraSweet and Equal are the market names of aspartame.
Although the company plans to replace aspartame with sucralose, otherwise known as Splenda, this move represents a step in the right direction. Many researchers believe that all artificial sweeteners are bad for your health. However, aspartame has probably received more negative press than other artificial sweeteners.
According to the website of Dr. Joseph Mercola, alternative medicine proponent and New York Times best-selling author, aspartame accounts for more than 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives that are reported to the FDA. Some of the symptoms associated with aspartame consumption include headaches/migraines, nausea, weight gain, insomnia, joint pain, heart palpitations, depression and vertigo.
Furthermore, certain chronic illnesses may be triggered or worsened by aspartame. These include brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, birth defects, diabetes and fibromyalgia. And while the American Cancer Society does not support a link between aspartame and cancer, these other verifiable symptoms make the inclusion of aspartame—or any other artificial sweetener—in foods and beverages a questionable practice.
Could a Diet Drink Contribute to Weight Gain?
Although the idea is ironic, diet drinks that are sweetened with aspartame or other artificial sweeteners may actually contribute to weight gain. Studies demonstrate that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can:
- Increase your appetite
- Stimulate your cravings for carbohydrates
- Trigger fat storage and weight gain
There is even evidence to show that aspartame and other artificial sweeteners cause greater weight gain than sugar.
So what’s a healthy person to drink? Dr. Mercola recommends good ol’ H2O. And specifically filtered tap water is the most cost effective option. Abandoning all artificially sweetened drinks may reduce your risk for health problems and weight gain.
Drink to Your Health
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