by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Mercola.com
While the sale of soda, and notably diet soda, has continued to plummet over the past 30 years, artificial sweeteners are also found in over 6,000 different processed food products. It appears sales of soda products have reached an all-time low in response to consumers’ demand for healthier alternatives.
Sales figures demonstrate bottled water is poised to overtake soda as the largest beverage category. The switch from soda, packed with more chemicals than just aspartame, to bottled water as a drink of choice, is heartening.
However, it’s important to remember that other products on your grocery store shelves also contain zero- or low-calorie high-intensity sweeteners to tempt your palate.
According to the Drug Information and Side Effects Database, aspartame can be found in a variety of different products from chewing gum and frozen desserts to condiments, ice tea and vegetable drinks. A wide range of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs also contain aspartame.
So, as you are reducing the number of carbonated drinks for you and your family, also remember to read the labels on your chewing gum, yogurts, cold and frozen desserts, children’s vitamins and other pharmaceutical products for aspartame or brand names like NutraSweet or Equal.
© 2016 Dr. Joseph Mercola