My brother is convinced I am being slowly poisoned by phenylalanine and/or aspartic acid. Now, he didn’t say phenylalanine or even aspartic acid, he said sweetener, aspartame to be exact. I have looked into it and, sure enough, the sweetener I use (canderel) contains aspartame. I looked up aspartame and there is a huge amount of stuff out there on how terrible this product is. It can cause, among other things: headaches, nausea, weight gain, increased appetite, diarrhoea, fatigue, dizziness and excessive menstrual pain. Now, I can relate to some, if not all of these and it seems slightly bizarre that it would cause weight gain and an increase in appetite when its primary function is to help people reduce weight (I acknowledge diabetic requirements as a secondary reason). The more weight that is gained the more a person reverts to diet versions of their favourite/popular foods – a rolling snowball gathering momentum.
There are also several pages dedicated to debunking this myth, but one wonders at the test carried out and whether they were conducted on humans and what the margins were.
Well, the only way to truly tell whether or not it is affecting me is to give it up. So, over the next 5 weeks I shall revert to full-on sugar products. I was amazed at how many of the items in my kitchen are reduced/low/non-fat and contain these chemicals. The maximum daily amount is equivalent to about 15 cans of diet cola (for me) and if I were to calculate my intake with all these additional items I probably come to about 10 cans worth. Not quite the maximum, but close enough I would say, and if I’m consuming that on a daily basis then I’m not doing myself any favours…or my family. So, me first. I shall keep you updated with messages attached to this post.
Wish me luck.