Can You Avoid The Evils Of Aspartame?

Nutritional Lifestyle Coach By Danielle Eva Pewhairangi
Nutritional Lifestyle Coach
Danielle is a Nutritional Lifestyle Coach and Founder of Optimal Beauty Coaching.
Medical review by Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN
Registered Dietitian
Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN, INHC is a registered dietitian, health coach, and writer with a passion for helping people streamline their wellness routine and establish a balanced relationship with food and exercise.
Can You Avoid The Evils Of Aspartame?

Aspartame (sometimes sold under the names NutraSweet or Equal) is a very popular artificial sweetener used as a “healthier” substitute for sugar in food products today.

Even using one to two packets per day can be problematic. The problem gets worse when you look closely at the rest of the food items you’re ingesting. Why? Because aspartame is in nearly everything. To be more specific, it's in over 5,000 products sold today. Some of them may be obvious to you, but others may take you by surprise.

First, I'm going to show you a list of food products that contain this product. Then, I'll explain the effects it can cause you internally and externally. Finally, I'm going to give you some delicious, uber-healthy alternatives and recipes that you can make and eat instead!

Some of the products that contain aspartame are sugar-free ice cream, iced tea, jams and jellies, sugar-free ketchup, pudding, diet sodas, chewing gum, instant cocoa mix, and so many more. 

I used to opt for artificial sweetener as a way to keep my weight down, as many people do, but looking at anything artificial as the “healthier” option is where the real problem begins.

Eating foods in their natural state will always be healthier than something made in a lab.

However, not only does aspartame cause carbohydrate cravings, it can actually cause you to gain weight rather than lose it. It can also cause a whole array of other problems, including increased risk of dementia, stroke, and diabetes.

As concerning as the symptoms may sound, there is a simple solution: ditch the processed foods and switch to healthy sweeteners. 

Opt for homemade meals and always, always read the label. A good rule of thumb is to ditch any food products that contain more than five ingredients.

If you are adding sweeteners, opt for natural options like fruit (dried or fresh), stevia leaf, agave, or raw honey. But remember, natural doesn’t always mean healthy. These additions still increase sugar intake and should be used in moderation. 

Now that you have this information, you can transform your eating habits and promote a healthier lifestyle altogether. 

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