Despite all the bad news you’ve heard about aspartame, you might still think it can help you drop some pounds.
After all, it has no calories, right?
Well, a new study has hopefully busted that aspartame myth once and for all.
Researchers have confirmed that not only won’t it help you lose weight, but aspartame can set you up for heart disease and…diabetes.
You heard that right — diabetes.
Sweet and deadly
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been warning you about that no-cal sweetener aspartame.
If it were a pharmaceutical drug, it would certainly have a black box warning by now. In fact, the lion’s share of adverse health reactions reported to the FDA from food additives are because of aspartame.
Its long list of known side effects include links to migraines, vision problems, blackouts, seizures and highly aggressive brain tumors. And yet, the FDA allows it to remain on the market and be used in everything from kids’ vitamins to yogurt to cereals – and of course, diet drinks.
But maybe, just maybe, a new study from a team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital will poke a hole so big in that aspartame bubble it will finally pop.
And while this may sound like a bit of an understatement, coming from a scientist it’s very telling. Lead author Dr. Richard Hodin summed up his research this way: Products containing aspartame “don’t work very well and may actually make things worse.”
When he says they “don’t work,” he’s talking about the very reason so many people use it in their coffee, tea and everything else under the sun – and that’s to lose weight.
But even though aspartame may have no calories, it’s actually messing with a very important gut enzyme called “intestinal alkaline phosphatase” (IAP), which works in our body to prevent obesity.
Which brings me to the part where aspartame can “make things worse.”
Dr. Hodin’s research also discovered that once IAP is interfered with, it makes you a sitting duck for metabolic syndrome – meaning excess belly fat, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and off-the-charts blood sugar.
And that puts you in the danger zone for two big killers – heart disease and diabetes.
Now, how all this ties back to aspartame is because of a chemical produced when it’s digested called phenylalanine that can block our natural IAP production.
I’m sure you seen the phenylalanine warning that’s required on every single product aspartame is used in. Only it’s not put there to warn about diabetes, heart disease or obesity.
The FDA requires it because of a relatively small number of people who suffer from a hereditary condition called PKU that can make ingesting phenylalanine deadly.
But seriously, it’s now obvious that phenylalanine can be potentially deadly to all of us!
If you’re still using aspartame on purpose, or maybe just not being so careful about what processed foods or drinks you buy, now is the time to cut it out of your diet for good. And here are three ways to help you do that:
#1: Carefully read labels on any foods or beverages that say “diet” or “low-calorie” to check for aspartame.
#2: Look for the phenylalanine warning I told you about.
#3: Check the labels on all drugs and vitamins – especially those meant for kids – or ask your pharmacist if they contain aspartame.
And if you’re looking for a low-cal sweetener, it’s now easy to find a wide variety of stevia products. Just watch out for brands that use GMO corn fillers, such as erythriol, to bulk them up, or simply look for ones with the “NON GMO Project Verified” seal on the box.
“Aspartame may prevent, not promote, weight loss by blocking intestinal enzyme’s activity” Massachusetts General Hospital, November 22, 2016, ScienceDaily, sciencedaily.com