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There has been an influx of food and drinks being made in “diet” and “sugar-free” versions. Things such as soda, gum, and cookies have now had these labels. So this brings us to the question if something is “diet” or “sugar-free” does it mean that it is healthier than regular food and drink.

Most “diet” and “sugar-free” food and drinks contain a chemical called aspartame. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used as a sugar substitute. The main ingredients are aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Regulations such as the FDA and WHO have said aspartame poses no threat to human health but there has been some controversy around this claim. Health complications that have been associated with aspartame have been cancer, lupus, depression, and seizures.

It is important that people know what is in their food and drinks. The questions you should ask yourself are should I be ingesting ingredients that are artificial? What are the implications of eating “fake” food and drinks? How do I feel after ingesting this particular food or drink? It has been known the artificial foods and drinks are generally not good for you and don’t provide any nutritional value. If you aren’t sure about an ingredient do some research and decide for yourself if it can fuel your body in the right way.

If you want to learn more about this click here.

Lots of love,

Jasmine and Phrieda

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