Studies show that when consumed, aspartame is converted to formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is what dead bodies are stored are. Formaldehyde is horribly toxic and carcinogenic. Yet many people consume aspartame regularly.
I believe that in general, we are better off consuming the whole, unprocessed, natural form of a food is always better than the processed, altered version.
There is no evidence that consuming artificial sweeteners correlates to weight loss. As a matter of fact, more information is coming out pointing to the opposite. Studies show that artificial sweeteners actually cause an insulin response in the body, whch is the same response that regular sugar causes. Now it is being proven that artificial sweeteners can actually stimulate the brain to crave more sugar.
According to a study released from Yale University School of Medicine, published in the Journal of Physiology, the brain knows the difference between artificial sweeteners and regular sugars. The study showed that when consumed, sugars stimulate dopamine receptors. This stimulation allows the body to feel fulfilled and satisfied.
When artificial sweeteners are consumed, the brain is expecting the sweetness to satisfy the sweetness craving and to stimulate the dopamine receptors. Instead the dopamine receptors are not stimulated, and it leaves the brain craving more sweet foods to satisfy the craving. The study shows that consuming artificial sweeteners can cause a cycle where you eat something sweet, it does not satisfy or fulfill the craving, and it leaves you craving a sweet food even more, in the long run.
Artificial sweeteners have been around for only about 100 years. We are still finding out how these food substitutes work, and their effects on our bodies. I feel that even though there are more calories in regular sugar, you are much better off consuming regular sugar in moderation rather than artificial sweeteners in abundance.
Using common sense to eat natural and healthy, is the Pain Free Way.
Here is the article that discusses the new study from Yale:
Here is an article that I wrote about aspartame and it’s effects on our bodies.