Do You Like Beverages With “No Sugar” Tag? You Will Rethink After Reading This
Do You Like Beverages With “No Sugar” Tag? You Will Rethink After Reading This.
I was at a bar recently with some brothers of mine, a retired General like we call him. Someone who has seen far and wide and a very very intelligent fellow. As a blogger i read far and wide just to satisfy my unquenchable and insatiable hunger for knowledge but my brother “Yansh ‘o’ war” seems to be just ahead of me. Well there is a reason he is older than i am.
One of my brothers, who is also my boss at trumpet vine, ordered for a drink, with a no sugar tag and he asked me if i know they put artificial sweeteners, i gallantly answered yes. Yansh o war then asked me asked if i know about this sweetners i said yes, beacause i know quite a few of them.
After that, he (Yansh) asked me to read the components used in making the drink my other brother ordered, then i started reading them out loud, everybody was already staring at us but i continued then i got to a point i mentioned a compound called Aspartame. He asked if i know about that compound, i replied negative. Then i visited our ever ready judge Google.
Aspartame seems to be what everybody should run from.
Today i decided to share my newly found knowledge with you all.
I copied this from fitday.com
Many of us are trying to reduce consumption of sugar. In an effort to do so, we turn to lower or zero-calorie sweeteners. One of the most controversial sugar alternatives is aspartame. But is it really dangerous?
Aspartame, generally sold under the brand Equal, is composed of two molecules: aspartic acid and phenylalanine. These are amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, and are found naturally in protein foods. Upon digestion, aspartame breaks down and is absorbed into the blood steam as these amino acids.
The FDA has done numerous evaluations and studies of the effects of aspartame, and has never found a reason to remove it from the food supply. Questions about artificial sweeteners and an association with cancer arose when early studies showed a link between aspartame and cancers in laboratory animals. However, subsequent studies have not displayed clear evidence of cancer in humans as a result of consuming aspartame. Some believe that aspartame, like MSG, may be an “excitotoxin,” which is a compound that over stimulates nerve cells. But this needs to be studied further.
One undisputed problem of consuming aspartame affects some people with a genetic disorder called phenylketonuria. This is the inborn inability of some people to metabolize one of the molecules in aspartame, phenylalanine. Some people with liver disease or those who have a high level of phenylalanine in their blood may also need to avoid aspartame. High phenylalanine levels can result in brain damage; therefore products with aspartame display a warning regarding their phenylalanine content.
The Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) is an estimate of the amount of a product that the average person can safely consume on a daily basis. The FDA has set the ADI for aspartame at 50 mg/kg of body weight per day. In order to reach the ADI for aspartame, it would take an adult to drink 20 12-oz soft drinks per day, or consume 97 packets of Equal.
It’s unknown what the long-term affects of aspartame and zero-calorie sweeteners are, but aspartame has been widely studied and is generally recognized as safe. It is a processed food, however, and its consumption should be minimized as much as possible. It may be a good tool for those trying to lose weight, who can use it as a stepping stone from sugary products to less sweet, more natural foods.
Read more about Aspartame on Wikipedia