A common food additive that can cause you to gain weight!

It hard to believe but this additive is known as Nutrisweet, Equal, and Aminosweet. The active ingredient in these sweeteners is aspartame. This aspartame is made of 40% aspartic acid, 50% phenylalanine and 10% methanol which is converted into formaldehyde and formic acid. The relatively high amount of aspartic acid and phenyalanine ( which are amino acids if you care to know), are known to rapidly stimulate the release of two hormones that are very much involved with appetite, fat storage and your metabolism.

So. although you may not be getting calories from your diet drink it still raises these two hormones. Continued regular consumption of aspartame causes your body to become “resistant” or not as responsive to these hormones. This results in your body not knowing when to stop eating, to burn fat efficiently,and to maintain good sensitivity to sweet tastes in your taste buds. Essentially you stay hungry, crave sweets and your body stores fat. Leptin and insulin resistance can potential lead to increased risk of visceral fat, heart disease, diabetes, PCOS and metabolic syndrome and others.

So, look at your labels and avoid drinking these diet soda and products. Here is one more interesting study: The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX followed 474 diet soda drinkers for 10 years and found that their waist size increased 70% more than the waist of non-diet soda drinkers. Those that drank 1-2 diet soda per day saw a 500% greater increase!