Aspartame. Good or Bad?

Aspartame. A topic that is hugely discussed in the world of nutrition and health- particularly since the “Sugar Tax” was recently introduced in the United Kingdom. Drinks manufacturers have ditched sugar in favour of sweeteners like Aspartame and Acesulfame K to comply with the Governments policy.  Both substances are 200 times sweeter than sugar. Meaning that drinks need small amounts. Also saving on revenue for companies.

EFSA completes full risk assessment on aspartame and concludes it is safe at current levels of exposure.

As well as giving people headaches, dizziness, tiredness and bowel problems, what are the inherent risks of these substances, if they exist at all? Companies taking the iniative to remove sugar from our diets is a good thing surely? Even when motivated financially?

Is Aspartame as dangerous as we think?

In regards to these chemicals giving people issues like the ones mentioned above, it is hard to relate these specifically to Aspartame and Acesulfame If you consume too much sugar then you will likely suffer from the same ailments, rendering this argument unlikely. They will produce the same “Excito-toxins” from the brain which normally produce a ‘craving’ for more. Hence why you could drink a whole bottle of coke by yourself.

My thoughts are that these substances are less dangerous than pure sugar. There is not much to suggest that they will contribute towards the same inflammatory things that sugar does. I do not possess any comparable research so take that as my two cents.

During my Personal Training course, the same info was given to me about how bad these substances are for our health. Which I obviously believed without much further thought. A few months back I was having a talk with a chemist friend of mine and he sent me these studies.

https://academic.oup.com/annonc/article/15/10/1460/170200

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/131210

You can make your own mind up about these studies. But they both conclude that Aspartame offers no real health problems to humans in the amounts that we would find them. Unless Salad and Water forms your daily diet.

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