Also known as E951, a non-food additive. Commonly used as a sugar substitute, however, one that exceeds its sweetness up to 300 times with minimal calories, which makes it even more tempting to reach for products with the light designation.
It is extremely attractive for producers of food, beverages and medicines due to the comparably low price. It can also be found on the list of ingredients of chewing gums.
What are we talking about ?! Read on!
Aspartame as one of the few artificial sweeteners is metabolised in our body. During digestion, its metabolites: phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol are released into circulation. That’s why aspartame is not going to be good for people with phenylketonuria who can not cope with the metabolism of the amino acid phenylalanine.
The maximum safe daily intake has been established due to the constantly updated scientific research on the safety of this sweetener. Originally it was considered absolutely safe, however, in the following years restrictions were introduced – up to 40 mg / kg body weight per day. Nevertheless, there is an increasing consumption of this product! – unfortunately many people still prefer to limit their calories first, believing that in this way they will be ‘fitter’ and their desired weight will be achieved, sometimes at the expense of their own health, exceeding the permitted threshold considerably.
It is worth noting at this point that in the daily diet the most important thing is the quality of the food you eat, the quantity is not always a problem.
Many studies show a correlation between the use of aspartame and systemic inflammation. It is also associated with the occurrence of headaches and dizziness, emotional instability and other neurological disorders. Some researchers have tried to prove the carcinogenic and teratogenic properties of aspartame, but until today there are no unambiguous studies confirming the thesis that the sweetener is causing cancer.
To sum up, there is no guarantee that aspartame does not cause long-term health consequences. However, there are too many reports about the likely effects of excessive consumption and the accumulation of aspartame in the body. Therefore, we do not recommend using products containing this artificial sweetener!
And we remind you that in our practice we rely on natural products, definitely without artificial food additives, which is always the safest solution!