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Bitter-Sweet Tale

Though cleared for use by the FDA of the US, aspartame has its critics, who find no good in it

Bitter-Sweet Tale
Bitter-Sweet Tale
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To begin with, diet colas are based on the premise that cola addicts consume more calories than is good for them. Hence, the thinking goes, diet colas would greatly reduce their daily calorie intake. And that, cola companies hope, will drive sales. However, in a survey of diet colas and their effect on consumers, the Food Commission of the UK found that diet colas had no effect on the sale of ordinary colas. Even more surprisingly, the survey revealed that diet cola drinkers tended to eat at least 300 more calories than those opting for ordinary cola. The survey also cautioned against the notion that artificially-sweetened colas do not cause tooth decay because it is not the sugar but acidic content in the drink which damages teeth. 'Besides,' says nutritionist Umesh Kapil of aiims, 'be it diet or ordinary cola, both if consumed regularly can lead to gastritis.'

More alarming, though, is the alleged long-term side-effects of aspartame, the artificial sweetener. In his book Diet for a Poisoned Planet, David Steinman says aspartame accounts for over 75 per cent of the adverse...

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