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Scientists Discover Why Diet Coke Is Probably Undermining You

A recent study in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism shows that gut enzymes may be affected by a metabolite in the artificial sweetener aspartame in such a way that, instead of helping you lose weight, it actually may make you gain it.

The bad news about aspartame just keeps piling up, and I’m sad to say I’ve been warning about this chemical for many years. It’s become obvious that artificial sweeteners lower appetite suppressant chemicals and encourage sugar cravings and sugar dependence, thereby raising your odds of unwanted weight gain.

Other studies have shown that artificial sweeteners promote insulin resistance and related health problems just like regular sugar does, including cardiovascular disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Artificial sweeteners were also found to induce gut dysbiosis and glucose intolerance in otherwise healthy people.

And when studies showed that aspartame possibly can cause cancer, California actually considered a law mandating a warning label on it. Although this hasn’t happened yet, I do advise reading labels, as artificial sweeteners are found in over 6,000 food products such as chewing gum, yogurts, condiments, canned teas, vegetable drinks, cold and frozen desserts, children’s vitamins and other pharmaceuticals.

Aspartame has been linked with other health conditions such as migraine headaches, neurodegenerative conditions, brain lesions, depression and more. My personal advice is to drink filtered water, flavored with a slice of lemon or organic fruit, or plain tea or coffee. If you need a sweetener, try stevia,