“Just because it says sugar-free, doesn't mean it’s healthy.” (pg. 33 of Hungry for Change)
Chemical substitutes, such as acesulfame potassium (Acesulfame K or Ace-K), saccharin, and the more popular aspartame and sucralose, can be found in place of sugar. These dangerous chemicals can also be found in products that you would not think to check the label for like children’s cough medicines, chewable vitamins, or even toothpaste and gum!
Aspartame consists of two amino acids tied together, which is called a dipeptide. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, and osteopathic physician and author of Sweet Deception, “While the two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine, are natural, they were never meant to be tied together. They’re actually connected with what’s called an ester bond. When this ester bond breaks apart, methanol is transported past the blood-brain barrier and goes into the brain and turns to formaldehyde.” (Pg. 22 Hungry for Change) Other side effects include fibromyalgia, anxiety, memory loss and Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, abdominal pain, nausea, depression, heart palpitations, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, vision problems, weight gain. According to Lendon Smith, M.D., “Aspartame also aggravates respiratory allergies, such as asthma.” (http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/aspartame )
I have had a few clients stop drinking diet pop during their training and their cardiovascular assessments drastically improved!!