Any thoughts on how aspartame supposedly lowers serotonin levels? I know it has something to do with phenylalanine, but anybody out there knows how much can do that to you (If at all)?
I’m asking because someone brought up a point at my gym and I didn’t really know what to say right off the bat(can’t know EVERY damn thing EVRY time someone asks ANY thing…).
I know one reason some people have sugar binge is because of low serotonin levels. That guy mentioned how aspartame can sometimes have a lowering effect on serotonine level, and it seems to be the case in large enough amounts.
Now aspartame is usually a “diet sugar”, but does it affect serotonin that much? I tried looking it up, but the info seems sparse.
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I researched this subject extensively a year or two ago. (I should write my thesis on it).
Aspartame even in small amount can have a markedly negative impact on Serotnin levels leading to depression.
I used to be a DMD (Diet Mountaiun Dew) Addict(2 liters+ daily) a few years ago and felt awful all of the time.
It wasn’t that caffeine that bothered me as much as the Aspartame.
Once I started using Splenda for everything instead of Aspartame/Nutrasweet I felt 100 times better even while consuming a lot of caffeine.
It makes me cringe whenever I see someone drink Asapartame sweetened Diet Pop.
I expereinced horrible head aches when consuming it and it has also been linked to Brain Tumors. That’s a risk I am not willing to take.
As far am I am concerned there a two Dietary evils in our society TRANS-FATS & ASPARTAME!
JUST SAY NO TO ASPARTAME!