Is Aspartame bad?
I am so busy with my exam and getting ready for my competition that I haven't had time to post my monthly blogs. But it's been to long so here is a short one. I kept it simple and put up links for those who want to read different views on why aspartame is safe.
To much of anything is bad such as
Water, the gym, veggies, even fruits, this
doesn't mean you have more of these things nor cut them out. I personally feel if you're overall healthy and active you have less to worry about when it comes to enjoying some aspartme. Make sure you exercise, be smart and learn to observe and listen to your body. There are so many myths out there and one that used to confuse me was the myths on aspartame. When I first started "dieting" I would enjoy a diet dr. Pepper everyday to feel at ease, then I would be told how bad it is for you, and how aspartme can harm you. Well there went my only enjoyment while dieting. I didn't even do research, I just believed what I was being told. Well the older I got the more I started to realize people don't know shit, and excuse my language.
To many conclusions are made based on rat tests. Which isn't even clear research on the effects of aspartme. Maybe people fear what they don't know, they say well preservatives this and that etc, well everything is processed to some extent and a lot of foods and drinks you enjoy contain preservatives. Aspartame is made by joining together the amino acids aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and are found naturally in many foods. Aspartme are components of things we intake already! Aspartame is approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar. So only a very small amount is needed to give food and beverages a sweet flavor.
The acceptable daily intake (ADI) recommendations are:
FDA: 50 milligrams per kilogram of body weight
EFSA: 40 milligrams per kilogram of body weight
Example used on site:
A can of diet soda contains about 185 milligrams of aspartame. A 150-pound (68-kilogram) person would have to drink more than 18 cans of soda a day to exceed the FDA daily intake. Alternately, they would need nearly 15 cans to exceed the EFSA recommendation.
So my conclusion on this quick blog is, go ahead grab that diet dr pepper, feel great and don't worry, just be healthy and stay on track. If something sweetened with aspartame can keep you focused on your fitness goals then I say go for it. Get your facts straight and remember the beauty of science is that you are your own canvas; trial and error, and experiment to see what works for you and your body.
Main site to research:
Some videos to watch:
Video with Jeff Nippard interviewing Kamal Patel from examine.com. This video goes more in depth of many myths with protein intake from meats and fats, but also touches on aspartame. I wanted to share this video because it just goes to show how many misconceptions are out there! Do your research, think trial and error and figure out what's best for you, but don't jump to conclusions.
BioLayne another great researcher goes into detail about what toxic really means. Again what is toxic do you really know?
Non scientific video but so funny and he takes words out my mouth but in a crazy manner, watch this video to laugh but I guess learn.