Debunking common aspartame myths
(NC) -- For many Canadians, dealing with chilly temperatures often means putting on “extra padding”– in more ways than one.
Luke Corey, a registered dietitian and nutrition expert, says it's common to pack on extra pounds by eating calorie-dense foods and by being less active when the temperatures drop. To prevent weight gain, many of us choose sugar alternatives to reduce calorie intake, but others are cautious due to perceived risks.
If you would like to use aspartame, for example, Corey gives us the green light by busting the common myths:
It does not cause weight gain. Since its discovery in the 1960s, over 200 studies have proven aspartame is safe – for children, pregnant women and those trying to reduce calories, among others. In fact, over 200 million people around the world eat, drink and use products made with the ingredient.Leading health organizations and third-parties like Health Canada agree that aspartame and other low- and no-calorie sweeteners can support weight management when used as a substitute for caloric sweeteners and as part of a balanced diet.
It is effective for diabetics. Many studies have shown that aspartame is an ingredient helpful for diabetics, in particular, as it doesn't contribute to the overall sugar level in blood. That said, it is both effective and safe for them to use products made with aspartame, including Diet Coke, yogurt, chewing gum, and more.
It does not cause cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, “There are no health problems that have been consistently linked to aspartame use.” What's more, organizations across the globe have reaffirmed the safety of aspartame including the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives and the European Food Safety Authority.
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