Which is More Deadly: Aspartame or Sugar?

June 21, 2017

Sugar versus Aspartame Spoonful
Did you know that people who drink diet sodas to lose weight, actually tend to gain weight!? Aspartame is one of those food industry inventions we should have known was too good to be true. A sweet taste, with no calories, that will allow us to consume sweets without the added guilt or damage to our waist lines…who doesn’t wish that was actually possible? But, aspartame is actually linked to over 92 adverse health effects.

Sugar creates its own health problems and aspartame is not a better or healthier alternative, regardless of the calorie savings. Think of this quote, “Would you rather be hit in the head with a wooden bat or a metal bat?”

Aspartame or Sugar

What is Aspartame?

You probably already know, aspartame is an artificial sweetener known as NutraSweet, Equal, Sweet One or Spoonful, and it’s used in a variety of foods from diet soda, gum, candy, and vitamins.

But, did you know it can be hidden in foods under the name acesulfame potassium. It’s composed of 3 main chemical ingredients: phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol.

Phenylalanine is an amino acid that can be toxic in high doses. Just one diet soda raises the level of phenylalanine in the brain, causing serotonin levels to decrease and may lead to depression. Phenylalanine has been found to be higher in people with cancer.

Aspartic acid is a non-essential amino acid that can over stimulate neurons, causing them to die. It can also cause an amino acid imbalance in the brain. Although phenylalanine and aspartic acid are both amino acids found naturally in foods, they are not meant to be consumed individually and in these particular ratios.  The fact that they are separated from food and other naturally occurring amino acids is what leads to the unexpected health consequences seen with aspartame consumption.

Methanol is a type of alcohol that is metabolized into the neurotoxin formaldehyde. It can interfere with DNA formation and lead to birth defects, like spina bifida.

Aspartame and Weight Gain?

Aspartame can stimulate your appetite and increase cravings for carbohydrates. The calorie “savings” from consuming foods sweetened with aspartame ends up not saving you anything due to the increase in appetite and therefore calorie consumption.

The MESA study evaluated the effect of diet soda consumption on rates of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes in over 6,000 participants. It was found that the consumption of just one diet soda per day significantly increased the risk for increased waist circumference and elevated fasting glucose. Both of these are precursors to diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Aspartame and Illness

The list of medical conditions linked to aspartame consumption is extensive and includes:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • short term memory loss
  • multiple sclerosis
  • fibromyalgia
  • hearing loss
  • weight gain
  • fatigue
  • brain tumors

Although these illnesses may not all be caused directly by aspartame consumption, they may exacerbate the symptoms. Aspartame can also increase risk of strokes and cancer.

Overall, limit or eliminate your consumption of aspartame. Instead of aspartame as a sweetener choose raw local honey, raw coconut nectar, or natural stevia.

Lessons Learned

  • Even though it has no calories, aspartame is more harmful than sugar.
  • Aspartame is made up of three highly toxic chemicals.
  • Consuming diet beverages, sweetened with aspartame, can lead to weight gain.
  • Several medical conditions have been linked to aspartame consumption from cancer, birth defects, stroke, and autoimmune disease.


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  1. Judy Watson on

    If aspartame is so harmful why would they not replace products with stevia such as in diet pop and other products.

  2. Reece Marsden on

    “They” don’t care about the public’s state of health, if they did alcohol and tobacco would be placed at the top of the schedule 1 drugs list and never sold again! It wouldn’t surprise me if aspartame would make it on there too. Don’t believe the lies the media feed us all everyday, don’t become a puppet for our government to control.

  3. Nick on

    Various sites still causing mass hysteria over silly stuff like this when there’s worst stuff in the world. It is safe, if it wasn’t, you’d see masses of people getting sick! I’ve been using it for years and I’m fine

    Only reason for the reported reactions to the FDA are those people live unhealthy lives as it is, and only reason for high cancer rates today is because of the unhealthy diets and habits people had over the past 60 years.

    You should dedicate your site towards paracetamol/acetaminophen. Pure fact that it is the biggest cause of liver failure in the western world, it has even been revealed that long term use now brings many complications.

    But really you have no hard evidence that aspartame is harmful and most of it is all hearsay

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