Dr. Susan’s Daily Health Tip: Aspartame and Its Health Effects


Are you eating sugar-free foods to help you lose weight? Unfortunately, most sugar-free foods currently contain the sweetening agent aspartame (NutraSweet™) that can actually harm your health.

You will find it commonly in many of the sugar-free drinks, jams, desserts and other dietetic foods that are available in the supermarkets. Many of my patients have used aspartame containing soft drinks and drink mixes as part of their weight loss program and were unaware of the health risks.

Unfortunately, aspartame causes negative side effects for many women. I have had patients complain that aspartame caused panic-like symptoms, such as rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing, nervousness, headaches, anxiety, spaciness and dizziness. It is also toxic to the brain and nervous system. In addition, people with phenylketonuria (PKU) are born without the enzyme needed to metabolize phenylalanine and have intense symptoms of side effects from aspartame.

If you are susceptible to aspartame, be sure to carefully read the labels of any processed diet foods before you buy them and avoid those with aspartame.

Instead, I recommend using the many other wonderful sweeteners that have no to low calories and are actually beneficial for your health like stevia and xylitol. These healthy sweeteners are great for baking, cooking and for sweetening desserts and drinks. I always use them for baking with great results! Love, Dr. Susan

About the Author

Best selling author and national speaker Dr. Susan has sold over 2 million books on health & wellness. She has appeared on numerous national and regional radio and television shows and has been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. She has Served on the clinical faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine and taught in their Division of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Richards became an ordained Christian minister in 2009 and, within a year, she began doing hospital ministry in the ICU's, critical care and rehabilitation units in the San Francisco area community three times a week. Her ministry is based on the supernatural healing power of God and Jesus Christ and she has seen many miraculous healings of seriously ill patients. The ministry receives over 20,000 prayer requests for healing each week which are answered by their faithful and devoted prayer team. She is currently developing the first Medical and Health Ministry Training Program of Supernatural Healing in the United States. Her medical ministry is at medschoolhealing.com