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Aspartame: Decades of Science Point to Serious Health Consequences

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  • The mismatch that occurs when consuming artificially sweetened foods and beverages leads to disruptions to metabolism
  • An artificially sweetened, lower-calorie drink that tastes sweet can trigger a greater metabolic response than a drink with a higher number of calories.
  • When you consume something that tastes sweet but doesn't contain any calories, your brain's pleasure pathway still gets activated by the sweet taste, but there's nothing to deactivate it, since the calories never arrive

By Dr. Mercola

Most people begin consuming diet products not because they love the taste or want to gain extra nutrition but because they believe doing so will help them lose weight. Those sweetened with aspartame make up a large part of the "diet" products market to this day, despite plentiful research showing they likely promote weight gain, not loss. Take the 2011 study by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


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