Aspartame is no substitute for sugar

Aspartame is a food additive, a chemical concoction marketed to us as supportive of our mission for health when in actuality it is potentially the most health debilitating additive there is.

Decades ago, when aspartame first started appearing in the new breed of ‘diet’ products, we were led to believe that it was a worthy substitute for sugar. Positioned as a revolution for those trying to lose weight we were promised a sweet taste without the calories and slowly over time, this claim made its way into a supermarket full of products.

Beyond diet soft drink, you will now find aspartame in all sorts of products even in dairy food like yoghurt. In fact if the label claims ‘diet’ then this is a strong clue to look for aspartame on the label.

Early studies are showing links between diet drink consumption and strokes, but beyond that health professionals have noted a shopping list of health conditions associated with its consumption: headaches/migraines, nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, sleep problems, vision problems, anxiety attacks, depression, asthma/chest tightness, emotional disorders, epilepsy/seizures, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, memory loss, Alzheimers, cancer, premature birth and birth defects.

The ingredients of aspartame are phenylalanine and methanol so keep an eye out for these on your label lists too.

Its important to read more about aspartame here

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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