'If you think you’re saving yourself from diseases by consuming “diet” products, think again. Aspartame, the most common type of artificial sweetener used in diet products, can cause oxidative stress in the brain, accelerated aging, dangerous cell damage associated with inflammation, and chronic disease.
A study published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines showed that aspartame consumption reduces the levels of brain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), and dopamine, in rats. In addition, aspartame increased the levels of norepinephrine (stress hormone) and acetylcholine, and reduced brain antioxidant activity. These findings suggest that aspartame consumption interrupts normal neurochemical function and causes oxidative damage to brain cells. The researchers also found that the effects of aspartame are dose-dependent, so consuming huge quantities of this artificial sweetener will worsen its effects. (Related: Aspartame creates depression and exacerbates anxiety – here’s how.)
In another study published in the journal Stroke, researchers observed the dietary habits of more than 4,000 individuals and found that those who consumed even just a can or bottle of diet soda were three times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In a study found in the journal PLOS One, researchers reported that aspartame disrupted the gut bacteria of rats and reduced their body mass. It also increased their blood sugar and insulin resistance.
Other health risks of consuming artificial sweeteners like aspartame
Here are more reasons why you should stop consuming “diet” products or those that contain artificial sweeteners:'
Read more: “Diet” products are full of aspartame that cause various health problems
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