Aspartame and Weight Gain
Would it surprise you to learn aspartame may cause you to gain weight? It’s true — products marketed as “reduced calorie,” “sugar-free,” and “diet” can actually sabotage your weight control efforts.
The two main ingredients of aspartame, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, stimulate the release of insulin and leptin — hormones which instruct your body to store fat.
In addition, a large intake of phenylalanine can drive down your serotonin levels. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that tells you when you’re full. A low level of serotonin can bring on food cravings which can lead to weight gain.
What Will You Do, Now That You Know?
I hope this report has convinced you one of the worst things you can put into your body, or feed to your family, is the artificial sweetener aspartame.
You can read more about aspartame and other artificial sweeteners in my comprehensive book, Sweet Deception, as well as in the outstanding book by H.J. Roberts, Aspartame Disease — An Ignored Epidemic. I also recommend you watch the excellent documentary Sweet Misery.
Neotame: The “New and Improved” Aspartame
You’ll also want to be on the lookout for this modified version of aspartame, as it likely carries similar health risks to the original.
Neotame is chemically related to aspartame, but has greater heat stability and is 72 times sweeter.
Breaking the Cycle
If you consume a lot of “diet” products, you probably have cravings for sweet foods and beverages.
Because if your body isn’t receiving the fuel it needs in the right combinations, you’ll develop sweet cravings.
To optimize your diet, you’ll want to determine your nutritional type, and begin to eat the kinds of foods your body requires.
When you are eating right for your nutritional type, your sweet cravings will disappear.
There may also be an emotional component to your cravings. If so, you’ll need to address it, as well. I highly recommend the Meridian Tapping Technique, or MTT.
You can find links to information about nutritional typing, MTT, and a wealth of other resources to help you kick your artificial sweetener habit at Dr. Mercola’s website, www.Mercola.com.
I can’t overstate the importance of avoiding aspartame to your short and long-term health, the quality of your life, and the lives of your loved ones. I hope you’ll take this information to heart and eliminate aspartame and other artificial sweeteners from your diet.