We all know the fact that too much sugar is bad . Especially for diabetics. Sugar increases insulin levels, which inhibits the release of growth hormones and depresses our immune system. It also has high calorie content. Excess calories is store in our body as fat. Excess fat also brings danger.
Sugar is found in almost everything we eat. From rice, bread, fruits, chocolates, ice cream, salads and more. Our undisciplined eating habits make us consume a lot of sugar.
Health consciousness lead to the discovery of Aspartame. It is a low calorie sweetener substiute for sugar. It is the methyl ester of the dipeptide of the natural amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine. Known brands are Nutrasweet and Equal. Almost all of sugar applications can be substituted with aspartame. Coke Zero uses aspartame as sweetener.
I hope aspartame is the safe substitute for sugar. But here are some side effects
blindness in one or both eyes
decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
pain in one or both eyes
trouble with contact lenses
tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
severe intolerance of noise
marked hearing impairment
headaches, migraines and (some severe)
dizziness, unsteadiness, both
confusion, memory loss, both
severe drowsiness and sleepiness
paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
severe slurring of speech
severe hyperactivity and restless legs
atypical facial pain
shortness of breath
recent high blood pressure
diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
pain when swallowing
Skin and Allergies
itching without a rash
lip and mouth reactions
aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma
Endocrine and Metabolic
loss of control of diabetes
marked thinning or loss of hair
marked weight loss
gradual weight gain
aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
frequency of voiding and burning during urination
excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
increased susceptibility to infection
Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
irreversible brain damage
birth defects, including mental retardation
aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
hyperactivity in children
Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Wait ! Do not jump into conclusions yet. There are contradicting claims!
Aspartame Tastes Like Sugar
Studies conducted with taste-test panels show that many believe aspartame’s taste is very similar to the taste of sugar.
Aspartame Enhances and Extends Flavors
Aspartame has the ability to intensify and extend fruit flavors, such as cherry and orange, in foods and beverages. For example, aspartame makes chewing gum taste sweet up to four times longer than sugar-sweetened gum.
Aspartame Does Not Promote Tooth Decay
The American Dental Association has noted it “welcomes the development and FDA approval of new artificial sweeteners that are shown to be safe and non-contributory to tooth decay. . . . Aspartame is an FDA-approved, safe sweetening agent and flavor enhancer that can be substituted for sugar in the diet.”
Aspartame is Helpful for Individuals with Diabetes
Aspartame offers people with diabetes greater variety and flexibility in budgeting their total carbohydrate intake and allows them to satisfy their taste for sweets without affecting blood sugar, which helps them to comply with a healthful meal plan. In addition, consuming products with aspartame can result in fewer calories, which helps people with diabetes manage their weight.
Scientific Studies Show Aspartame is Beneficial in Weight Control
With nearly two out of three Americans classified as overweight or obese, taking steps to assure appropriate calorie intake is important for many people. Because products with aspartame are lower in calories than their sugar-sweetened counterparts, using products with aspartame together with regular physical activity can help with weight management.
Aspartame Can Be Part of a Healthful Diet
Aspartame can reduce or replace the sugar and calories in foods and beverages while maintaining great taste. Thus, aspartame offers one simple step to help people move closer to achieving a more healthful diet.
Are you confused ? There are many information on the net about aspartame. More googling makes me more confused. Can someone tell me the truth?