Seventeen years ago, in my first book, Three Minutes To a Strong Mind and Fit Body, I wrote about the damaging effects of aspartame. This addition to the book was inspired by an interview I did on my radio show with a leading endocrinologist who’d been studying the effects of aspartame on health for years.
The effects of aspartame were not widely known or discussed back then. Most of the information we had about it came from lab rat studies. Recently there’s been a ground-breaking study, with 60,000 post-menopausal women. The study is the best indication to date that aspartame has a detrimental effect on health.
Aspartame is a popular, low calorie sweetener used in diet soda. People drink it to cut down on sugar and manage their weight. And while, it’s both popular and low calorie, it isn’t exactly harmless or healthy.
The study showed that women who drank one or two diet sodas a day were 30 percent more likely to experience cardiovascular issues. While these cardiovascular issues can’t be attributed solely and directly to soda consumption, it does raise questions about the side effects of this artificial sweetener. Ironically, women drink diet soda because they think it’s a healthy alternative to regular soda. But how can these drinks be marketed as healthy when they may exacerbate heart problems or cause other health issues?
Previous data has linked aspartame use with metabolic syndrome. While the research doesn’t prove that diet soda is toxic, it opens the door for more research and adds cardiovascular issues to the list of health conditions associated with aspartame in other studies. In the past, aspartame has been correlated to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, brain damage and brain tumors. It may not be enough data to name aspartame as a public health concern, but it’s enough data to give health conscious soda drinkers some pause. Would you still drink low calorie soda if it raised your risks for health and heart problems down the line?