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The truth about aspartame and artificial sweeteners…

The longer I’m in this nutrition, health and fitness industry, the more I seem to see it fail to understand that the goal is to help people just be better TODAY than they were yesterday…

(it’s why I have something really exciting to share with you this week….more on that tomorrow) 

Not make me people extreme with their dietary beliefs, like it’s some cult… 

So, I had this question:

‘I like diet drinks, like coke, should I be worried about sweeteners? they stop me picking but I’ve read they’re full of crap and worse for you and bad for your gut health?”

Well, I’m just going to tell what the science says…this is NOT my opinion:

1. You may hear that aspartame contains methanol. This is true. However, the amount found in aspartame is far LESS than found in FOOD. 

Example: 1 serving of Tomato juice contains 4 to 6 times more methanol than the same amount of a diet coke…

It is important to remember that the human body is able to process small amounts of methanol from foods, such as fruits, grains, vegetables, beans, tomato, and aspartame…

Like anything, the devil is in the dose. Too much water can kill you. Eating too many apple seeds is poisonous. Lectins found in beans are toxic if not cooked and prepared properly…

And speaking of dose.. 

2) They gave 18-60 year olds 1050mg of aspartame AKA  which is equivalent to about 6 cans of diet coke a day for 12 weeks and found:  

* No impact on appetite as some people say

* No impact on blood sugar levels or impact on insulin levels (which can be predictors of Type 2 diabetes)

Suggesting that if a diet / sugar free drinks stops you losing control and having your head in the biscuit tin?

It’s fine…

In fact, if it helps you lose weight, lose fat around your organs (which reduces your chances of conditions like Type 2 diabetes) and improve your health…

Then that’s way more important than worrying about the minutia… 

NOW, you may be thinking:

So why is it often reported that they are bad?

Well, when you look at observational studies…

You see that people who smoke, don’t exercise, drink and generally have poor lifestyle habits..

Naturally also have more fizzy drinks…

Whereas when they do controlled studies, it is clear that sugar free drinks are better than sugary drinks …

Most of the time we’re looking to blame ONE thing, when in reality what they show is that habits, accountability, and support seem to be that ONE thing

 (not gluten, dairy, or quinoa <<< Can you pronounce that? IF not, apparently you shouldn’t eat it because if you can’t pronounce it then it’s a ‘chemical’ ;-))

Now, I’m not saying sweeteners are healthy

They contain ZERO nutrition. And – of course – water is better than any diet drink. 

And if you had lots and lots of sugar free drinks…sure, it’s probably not a good thing..

But too much of anything isn’t a good thing…

Whether that is tomatoes, beans, or even water….

Finding a plan that you can stick to so you can keep the weight off is about personalising it for YOU.

Which means making the smallest step you can make TODAY. If that mean curbing your biscuit tin rampage with a sugar free drink? Then go for it.

At the end of the day, overeating sugar and fat is killing more of us than sweeteners right now…

Anyway, tomorrow, I have some exciting news about something I have been working on again to  start on Monday 15th February…

specifically, for ladies 40+ who know what to do but need a plan and accountability to do it…

More on that tomorrow. 

Matt