'Whether you have diabetes or you’re trying to lessen your sugar intake, chances are you’ve already replaced table sugar (sucrose) with an artificial sweetener called aspartame. This sugar substitute has fewer calories, but studies have shown that the use of aspartame also comes with various health risks.
What is aspartame and why is it bad for you?
A popular type of artificial sweetener, aspartame is often used as an alternative to table sugar. Since it is at least 160 to 220 times sweeter than sucrose, you’ll use less aspartame when preparing food. Some people mistakenly believe that this means they can use as much aspartame as they want, especially if they have a sweet tooth.
However, manufacturers use aspartame to create different kinds of “low sugar” or “zero calorie” beverages, candies, dairy products, and jellies.
In the 1970s, a study revealed that an artificial sweetener called saccharin caused cancer of the bladder (urinary) in laboratory rats.
But the studies that followed suggest that the use of saccharin did not have the same results in humans. Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed the safety label of saccarin from “hazardous” to “generally recognized as safe.”
While this seems like good news, take a moment to reconsider the use of any artificial sweetener. In a separate study, Dr. Robert Walton reviewed various research studies conducted on aspartame. The findings showed that out of the 166 studies analyzed, 74 were funded by companies that produced aspartame. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the results of all 74 studies say that aspartame is safe for human consumption.'
Read more: The dangers of aspartame explained
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