Aspartame In Diet Drinks

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Moreover, aspartame present in diet sodas can cause sugar craving and weight gain. Although the product is artificial, aspartame tricks one’s brain into thinking that he/she is consuming sugar. The ingredients in carbonated drinks will increase one’s desire for sugar, enticing him/her into consuming more delights containing sugar. Unfortunately, diet soda has been linked to weight gain, and the primary reason for it in diet cola consumers is their propensity to consume more calories because of the calories they are not consuming during their diet. Because they are consuming diet drinks, some people will persuade themselves that eating food with calories or fats will not be so bad, since
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Because it is about 200 times sweeter than table sugar (sucrose), the small amounts required to sweeten beverages result in slightest consumption of calorie; this makes aspartame popular for use in diet sodas and other low calorie products. But despite of its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human use, the chemical compound of the sweetener and its consequences on the body have heightened serious concerns about its use over elongated periods of time or in huge amounts on a daily basis. Aspartame has been linked to some side effects including regular headaches, dizziness, migraines, mood swings, diarrhea, and memory loss. Many soft drinks that are labeled as diet or zero/low calorie beverages contain aspartame. Coke products, including diet Coke, and Coke zero that are diet or zero-calorie contain aspartame. While Coke Zero does not contain any calories, fat, carbohydrates, cholesterol or sugars, it also provides no nutritional benefits. The drink does not contain any fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron or …show more content…
Instead of aspartame, these products use Splenda, an artificial sweetener that is derived from ordinary sugar, or stevia, which is naturally about 300 times sweeter than regular sugar. It functions well for those that must regulate their intake of carbohydrate because it does not influence blood sugar in the body. Stevia does not have any calorie per serving. It contains slighter calories as compared to sugar. When used in carbonated beverages, it takes less than 5 calories to sweeten a serving, permitting the drink to be labeled by the FDA as a zero/low- calorie product. Some diet sodas that use sucralose are Pepsi One and Diet Mountain Dew. The PepsiCo brand offers two diet sodas that are sweetened with Splenda: Pepsi One and Diet Mountain Dew. They contain both sucralose and another artificial sweetener acesulfame K. Pepsi One is a caffeinated cola containing one calorie. Diet Mountain Dew contains additional sweeteners aspartame and acesulfame K aside from sucralose. All other diet PepsiCo branded beverages do not contain Splenda and are sweetened with

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