The Skinny on Aspartame

The Skinny on Aspartame

With millions of Americans struggling with their weight, the latest advice about what to eat and drink – and what to avoid – is a hot topic of conversation.

When it comes to advice about aspartame and other low-calorie sweeteners, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. This is especially true today when speculation abounds in the media as to whether aspartame and other low- and no-calorie sweeteners are safe and/or can trigger overeating.

But, what are the facts? According to reviews by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association, research indicates that when consistently used to reduce total calorie intake  products sweetened with aspartame and other low-calorie sweeteners can support  a comprehensive weight loss or maintenance program. What’s more, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics looked specifically at the research on aspartame, they found it does not increase appetite or food intake and that its consumption is not associated with adverse health effects.

Managing body weight is a life-long effort and people need to have confidence in the foods and beverages that they chose to help maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle.  We developed The Skinny on Aspartame infographic using credible information from independent sources, including, the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Food Safety Authority, the American Cancer Society and other recognized regulatory authorities to help people better understand this common, safe and effective low-calorie sweetener.  Because for those who enjoy sweet tastes, opting for a beverage or snack sweetened with aspartame instead of a caloric sweetener can make a big difference in maintaining calorie balance.

 By Joan Koelemay, RD