I always tell my clients not to substitute aspartame for sugar. Here's why:
Aspartame is the most widely used artificial sweetener consisting of a synthetic combination of two amino acids. This sweetener is used in a range of products including sugar free yoghurt, diet cola drinks, low-calorie ready meals and desserts, chewing gum, some cooking sauces, crisps, tabletop sweeteners, cereals, flavoured water and squash. Of course this is only in some of the listed products and not in all brands but this list could go on to an estimated 4,000 food and drink products that contain aspartame.
You might think you are doing yourself and your family a great service by using artificial sweeteners and not sugar, but they not only cause stress to the liver and are difficult to metabolize, they actually cause you to gain weight! Sweeteners act very similarly to sugar, and also increase your cravings for sweets and carbs. Studies show that rats fed with artificial sweeteners actually gained more weight and added more body fat than those fed sugar!
Additionally, in the digestive tract, aspartame is split into its two component amino acids and a methyl group. During metabolism the methyl group is converted to the toxin methanol (wood alcohol) and then to a highly toxic substance, formaldehyde, which can cause severe damage to the nervous and immune systems and permanent genetic damage even at low doses. Formaldehyde in turn is broken down to another toxin, formic acid. These facts are undisputed. But seriously, who needs the facts when most of us have had to endure biology class dissections and the noxious smell of formaldehyde. Why would anyone want to voluntarily consume it???
The names to look out for on packaging for aspartame are:
Aspartame has been blamed for a wide range of symptoms in heavy users of foods and drinks containing it, including:
* abdominal pain and cramps
* diabetic complications
* eye problems
* fatigue and weakness
* headache (19% of all complaints)
* memory loss
* numbness and tingling
* seizures and convulsions
* sleep problems
* urticaria (allergy stress)
* vomiting and nausea