Increase Energy by Avoiding Aspartame

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Did you know most diet beverages contain a toxic artificial sweetener called aspartame? An artificial sweetener is basically a synthetic sugar substitute that has been chemically altered to duplicate the taste of sugar. It often contains little or no calories and is usually toxic to your body, which is why it does a poor job of increasing your energy.

Some of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners are aspartame, acesulfame K, saccharin, neotame, and sucralose. Out of these five sweeteners, aspartame is often the most commonly used artificial sweeteners. It is marketed under different brand names including Equal, NutraSweet, and Sugar Twin brands.

Another popular artificial sweetener is sucralose, a synthetic sweetener that has insecticide-like properties. Most synthetic sweeteners have been linked to many health complications, especially neurological problems. They are also bad for increasing energy, because they interfere with cell communication by harming the nervous system. In the long run, aspartame can cause chronic fatigue due to serious health problems.

What is aspartame?

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that was discovered by James M. Schlatter in 1965 at G.D. Searle Company. This synthetic sweetener is currently used in different types of low calorie foods and beverages as a substitute for sugar. It is approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar and contains very few calories.

Today, almost ninety countries worldwide have approved aspartame for human consumption. The FDA has described aspartame as “one of the most thoroughly tested and studied food additives the agency has ever approved.” Even though the FDA has approved aspartame for human consumption, it continues to be the subject of several health scares and controversies. This is due to the fact that aspartame has one of the most complaints related to health problems and harmful side effects.

Food products that contain aspartame

Aspartame is used in a wide variety of food products ranging from diet drinks to sugar free pastries. Some of the top food products available for human consumption that contain aspartame include:

Beverages

Aspartame is used to replace refined sugar in some of the most popular sugar-free and low-calorie drinks. When refined sugar is substituted with aspartame in beverages, it not only brings out a sweeter taste but also remains low in calories, making it attractive to people who want to lose weight. Unfortunately, aspartame actually causes weight gain, because it causes chemical imbalances in the body. You will often find aspartame in sugar free beverages and sugar free energy drinks, including but not limited to Diet Coca Cola, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Sprite Zero, Dr Pepper Zero, 7up Free, and Red Bull Sugarfree.

Desserts and candy

Aspartame is often used in desserts and candy, including but not limited to chewing gum, ice cream, frozen fruit pops, breath mints, hard candy, and jellies. Aspartame is also common in low fat and sugar free yogurts. If you live in the United States, nearly all sugar free candy has aspartame or some other artificial sweetener as an ingredient.

Besides desserts and candy, aspartame is also found in snack bars, such as granola bars, cereals, and protein bars. You will also find aspartame in various types of snack food like pudding.

Condiments and dressings

Condiments and dressings can also contain aspartame. Condiment like apple sauce, Uncle Ben’s Sweet and Sour Light cooking sauce, and Silver Spoon Sweetness Light usually have this artificial sweetener as an ingredient.

How to avoid aspartame

Most food or drink products that contain aspartame have it labeled on their ingredients list, so you will need to look at their ingredients list carefully. If a food product has this artificial sweetener listed on its ingredients list, avoid eating it. Also, eat organic food as much as possible because they are usually free of aspartame. Furthermore, avoid sugar free beverages and sugar free junk foods since aspartame is often added to them. Once you remove aspartame from your diet, you should notice an improvement in your health and increase in energy levels.

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