Scientific Studies Show Aspartame is Beneficial in Weight Control
Studies have shown that foods and beverages sweetened with aspartame can be an effective "tool" as part of a weight management program. Aspartame, however, is not a drug and does not stimulate weight loss. It does help make possible good tasting low-calorie foods and beverages for those who wish to control or decrease their caloric intake. Below are several studies indicating that aspartame is beneficial in weight control.
Clinical Evidence: Body Weight
In addition to extensive research supporting the fact that low-calorie sweetener use does not lead to increased calorie intake, further research documents that consumption of low-calorie sweeteners can be useful in weight-loss efforts.
Kanders et al. (1988, 1996) evaluated the effect of aspartame on control of body weight in obese subjects.
Fifty-nine obese men and women were recruited to participate in a pilot study with a 12-week multidisciplinary diet program. Recruits were randomly assigned to consume a balanced deficit diet (1000 ± 200 kcal/day) with or without aspartame.
Although not statistically significant, women in the aspartame group (N=24) lost 3.7 pounds more than women in the no-aspartame group (N=21). Men showed the opposite trend, with those in the no-aspartame group (N=7) losing about 4 pounds more than those in the aspartame group (N=4).
Forty-six of these subjects (11 males and 35 females) participated in a one-year follow-up study. Increased levels of physical activity, increased consumption of aspartame, and decreased desire for sweets were associated with maintenance of weight loss at the one-year follow-up. Aspartame intake at the end of follow-up was associated with better weight maintenance in male subjects.
Although the small sample size prevents definitive conclusions, aspartame consumption did not cause weight gain and may be beneficial in promoting weight loss and maintenance when used as part of a multidisciplinary weight control program.
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Low-calorie sweeteners provide consumers with many benefits, both psychological and physiological. Health professionals and consumers believe low-calorie sweeteners are effective for the following purposes: weight maintenance, weight reduction, management of diabetes, reduction of dental caries, and reduction in the risks associated with obesity. Get the facts about Aspartame, it's uses, and benefits.
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