I’ve always hesitated to become overly dramatic about substances and foods as, depending on which study you read, you’re going to hear such varying views.

However… Back in 1997, when I started my Kinesiology studies in the UK, I was introduced to the effects of Aspartame (and other sugar-free, artificial sweeteners) on our body’s systems.

It’s always been my belief that, with the knowledge that we have, we must make our own decisions about what we put into our bodies – as long as it isn’t negatively interfering with other’s health… This is where I have drawn the line on this issue.

• headaches
• migraines
• aggression
• anxiety
• asthma
• fatigue
• hyperactivity
• blurred vision
• blindness
• depression
• mood swings
• learning difficulties
• behavioural issues
• insomnia
• cramps
• speech disturbance
• confusion
• dizziness
• memory loss
• seizures
• skin eruptions
• cravings for carbohydrates
• development of diabetes and neurological symptoms have all been linked to the intake of Aspartame, is just too great to ignore.

For many years my clients have become used to me asking the questions, “Do you chew gum?” & “Do you drink diet drinks?”.
Aspartame was originally banned by the FDA and it was a series of political maneuverings that had it accepted eventually.

You may not be aware that decisions were made to remove sugar-containing drinks and other products from vending machines in schools and hospitals and they have been replaced with ‘Diet’ drinks. This is directly influencing others by providing no choices and seemingly telling children and adults alike it’s OK to drink ‘Diet’ drinks.

I urge you to have a look at the packets of food you are consuming to check if they mention they contain…

  • Acesulphame potassium (E950)
  • Aspartame (E951) NB Aspartame is now also being marketed as AminoSweet
  • Cyclamates (E952)
  • Saccharin (E954)
  • Sucralose (Splenda) (E955)
  • Nutrasweet; Equal; Spoonful; Benevia; Canderel; or Equal Measure.

Anything that says ‘Diet’ or ‘Zero’ is sure to contain them, and look out for Lemsip as well.
Aspartic Acid, Phenylalanine and Methanol are the components of Aspartame (E951) They may feature singly, or combined, within the other products mentioned above.

It has been proven that these additives are addictive and actually cause cravings for simple carbohydrates (sugar), the very thing the promoters say they are removing by adding this product!

Have a look on the packets of e.g. chewing gum, Eclipse mints, Berrocca, Boost, Lemsip, Metamucil, Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig products, ‘Diet’ drinks e.g. Coke, Pepsi, V, and other products that advertise as ‘sugar free’ or ‘zero’.

If you’re skeptical, try taking yourself off the products you are consuming with these additives and monitor your well-being. If you have a variety of irritating (even minor) symptoms see how different you feel after a couple of weeks. Sometimes the benefits are demonstrated within a few days!