View the attached photo for an infographic from the WildAlchemist blog.
For years, people have been using Nutrasweet and equal, (aka Aspartame) in replace of table sugar, and trading in their regular coke for diet all in the name of losing or maintaining a desirable weight. HOWEVER, what most people don't know is that Aspartame actually suppresses the hormone that notifies our body when it's full. So while the Aspartame itself doesn't directly cause weight gain, it can cause us to eat more.
But increased appetite is the least of our worries when it comes to Aspartame. As discussed in "Skinny Bitch" by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, Aspartame, the most dangerous of all artificial sweeteners, was initially rejected by the FDA. However after some shady bribery, manipulation, etc., the FDA finally gave in and approved it. BUT with their approval came a list of 92 side effects, 11 of which are named below:
• Memory loss
• Nerve cell damage
• Alzheimer's Disease
• Reproductive disorders
• Brain lesions
• Weight gain
• Food cravings
Additionally, many studies show a link between Aspartame consumption and cancer. (Aspartame may as well be a black box drug.)