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Aspartame: How Much Is Safe?

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While you've no doubt heard about the benefits of using aspartame as an alternative to sugar, you've probably also heard that it has some side effects that can be harmful to your health. In general, aspartame, when used in moderation, can take the place of sugar and provide a variety of benefits. It can help you lose weight over time and cut calories from your diet. It can give your body the energy it craves without driving your blood sugar levels through the roof. Best of all, it can make all of your foods and drinks taste more than 200 times sweeter than sugar. It's a product that can deliver a lot of positive things for you, but aspartame can also have negative side effects. In order to gauge whether you should use aspartame or not, you need to know how often you can use it without risking your health.

How Much Aspartame You Should Use

The FDA has approved the use of 50 milligrams of aspartame for every kilogram of body weight that you have. However, if you do the math, you'll realize that this is a very large amount of aspartame. When it comes to using too much aspartame, it can be a really bad idea. Aspartame has caused a variety of side effects in people. Since aspartame was introduced to the world several decades ago, people have complained about everything from headaches and nausea to heart palpitations and even seizures as a result of using too much. Studies have suggested that blindness, anxiety, ulcers and even death can result from the use of too much aspartame. This is one reason that you need to limit yourself and the amount that you use regularly. In general, you should not use aspartame every day. You should only occasionally use it when you need to sweeten a cup of tea or prepare some baked goods that could use a little extra sugar. Substituting aspartame for the sugar can actually be beneficial for you. However, if you are using aspartame routinely, there's a good chance you're putting yourself at risk to suffer from some of the side effects above. Do not exceed 50mg/1kg body weight when using aspartame. There is a good chance you should use significantly less than that to avoid negative side effects altogether.

Using a Food Journal

If you have trouble keeping up with how much aspartame you're putting into your body, there are several ways to help yourself keep track. The best way is to keep a food journal. Food journals are used to help people stick to their diet. Regardless of whether you're dieting or not, you can use a food journal to write down the days that you use aspartame. You should also check all products that you eat and drink to see if aspartame or any other types of artificial sweeteners are used. This can help you limit the amount of aspartame that you take in every day.

As with anything, the key to using aspartame without suffering negative side effects is moderation. There's no set amount of aspartame that's safe for your body. You just need to try to limit yourself to avoid harming your health.

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