I’ve always hesitated to become overly dramatic about substances and foods as, depending on which study you read, you're going to hear such varying views.
However ... back in 1997, when I started my Kinesiology studies in the UK, I was introduced to the effects of Aspartame (and other sugar-free, artificial sweeteners) on our body's systems.
You may not be aware that decisions were made to remove sugar-containing drinks and other products from vending machines in schools and hospitals and they have been replaced with 'Diet' drinks. This is directly influencing others by providing no choices and seemingly telling children and adults alike it's OK to drink 'Diet' drinks.
- Acesulphame potassium (E950)
- Aspartame (E951) NB Aspartame is now also being marketed as AminoSweet
- Cyclamates (E952)
- Saccharin (E954)
- Sucralose (Splenda) (E955)
- Nutrasweet; Equal; Spoonful; Benevia; Canderel; or Equal Measure.
Anything that says 'Diet' or 'Zero' is sure to contain them, and look out for Lemsip as well.
It has been proven that these additives are addictive and actually cause cravings for simple carbohydrates (sugar), the very thing the promoters say they are removing by adding this product!
Have a look on the packets of e.g. chewing gum, Eclipse mints, Berrocca, Boost, Lemsip, Metamucil, Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig products, 'Diet' drinks e.g. Coke, Pepsi, V, and other products that advertise as 'sugar free' or 'zero'.