Aspartame (called E951 in Europe) is a sweetener added to lots of “diet” drinks like sodas. This and other sweeteners were added to drinks to reduce sugar consumption and help weight loss. However, in a study of 80,000 women in 1986, women who used sweeteners were more likely to gain weight than those that didn’t.
Another study confirmed these earlier findings where there was a positive correlation between artificial sweetener use and weight gain.
Evidence suggests that aspartame increases visceral fat deposits and reduces insulin sensitivity. In addition, aspartame raises insulin levels as much as sugar does.
It’s perhaps good news then that the European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority to re-evaluate the use of Aspartame in food products.
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