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Do healthy foods avoid aspartame?

Today we’re going to have a little chat about how healthy foods avoid aspartame.

We have been conditioned over the years to choose “diet” food off the supermarket shelves, but this conditioning has not helped us.

  1. The general population is getting fatter
  2. “diet” food contains ingredients that do far more harm than what they are replacing.

Not good.

They’ve taken the sugar out and replaced it with aspartame!

Something that over 20 research studies found that aspartame causes many sicknesses and diseases, including: cancer, heart conditions, birth defects etc.  Within your body, aspartame causes a domino effect of creating one toxin and then another… and these toxins are deadly.

See what this video has to say on the hidden dangers of aspartame:

I made the decision to check the ingredients on every product I buy.  You have to do it carefully and not only take notice of the big printing on the front of the product.  Not everything you buy in packets is bad, but checking all the words printed on it is something we must do if we are working on our health.

You know, if we all made the decision that we wouldn’t ever buy “diet” foods or “sugar-free” foods, the manufacturers would change their ways.  Wouldn’t that be something else!  The problem is that everyone is so brainwashed that they believe they do the right thing by buying “diet”.  It’s so sad.

Now don’t go thinking it’s just aspartame which is the culprit because there’s other villains out there too. Just be aware of all the artificial sweeteners: sucralose (Splenda), saccharin etc.

When I became aware that…

  • all “diet” foods and drinks are chemically processed;
  • they contain super refined ingredients;
  • they are full of artificial colours and flavours;
  • and a heap of table salt to boot

…I decided to walk right on by.   For awhile, I avoided those aisles in the supermarket altogether until it was just so easy… I didn’t need them anymore.

Eat wonderful foods

Please be aware that every mouthful counts towards our health and if we are using artificial sweeteners we are working towards knocking our health down.

Why would we want to fill ourselves with all this stuff?  So when I’m choosing a product to buy, I carefully read the label and move to the one that’s the closest to natural I can find.

Diet foods are addictive and that’s why manufacturers use them.  Why would they do that?  Money of-course!  The bottom line is they want you to come back again and again to buy their wares… they have little care whatsoever whether it’s doing you good or not.

If a food is genuinely healthy for you it definitely will not contain aspartame or any other known substance that potentially gives you health problems.  In actual fact, we should not just think “Oh well, what can I do about it?” and continue buying these foods.

I read somewhere ‘Don’t drink or eat anything with “die” on it’.  I thought it was really good and haven’t forgotten it.  It’s a good clue to follow.

Foods Containing Aspartame

healthy foods avoid aspartame
Credit – Clay Junell – Flickr
  1. Soft Drinks
  2. Diet Sodas
  3. Gum and Candies
  4. Yogurt
  5. Desserts
  6. Condiments
  7. Meal Replacements

For more specific details on the above list please go here.

Aspartame is widespread and has the potential to poison you in time.

Click here if you would like to know the symptoms of aspartame poisoning

Healthy foods avoid aspartame naturally

Does it mean that all candies, yogurt, desserts, condiments etc contain aspartame?  No. It’s handy to know that aspartame containing desserts are advertised as diet, low-sugar or sugar-free.  Just be warned that if they are using High Fructose Corn Syrup you are no better off!

Read the labels on any condiment you may buy,  or make your own.  Other than that, of-course all whole food such as fruit, vegetables, meat etc are naturally free providing you buy organic or grass-fed.

But the answer doesn’t live in products loaded with sugar neither

Sugar in general is much apart of the obesity epidemic as anything else.  It not good for you and would be one of the best decisions you could make to go off sugar . You can do it!  Do you know that after not eating sugar for 14 days you no longer crave it, or need it?

Some healthier alternatives are:

  • raw honey (don’t use in hot food – use at room temperature or cold only.)
  • maple syrup
  • stevia is a better choice too – although it’s quite highly processed.

Sure, healthy foods avoid aspartame as a matter of course and wouldn’t consider adding a potential poison to the food.  Duh!  The best healthy food we can eat come straight from nature… fruit, vegetables etc. etc.  What foods have caught you out and fooled you into thinking what you’re consuming is building your health?  I bet you have a story or two… why not share with us?

Warm regards,
Marilyn Williams - Mouthful Matters




Marilyn Williams


96 Thoughts to “Healthy Foods Avoid Aspartame”

  1. Tim

    Hello Marwil

    In a bid to loose weight I have been using sweeteners in my coffee and tea. Omg I did not realise the dangers of aspartame. I have been using canderel’ and have had some of the symptoms you have mentioned but never even considered they could be attributed to the sweeteners. Please could you recommend an alternative sweetener?



    1. Marilyn

      Oh Tim… it’s a shock isn’t it!? With the clever and crafty marketing used, I mean, what can we trust?

      Stevia is one of the best but they don’t all taste wonderful. You can get it in drops and it only takes one drop to sweeten a cup of whatever.

      I like also to use just a little coconut sugar as it’s so tasty… a lot of health professionals believe it to be a very good choice, but they don’t all agree. (As usual)

      The very best thing you can do is to gradually wean yourself off sugar. A time comes when sugary things begin to taste incredibly sweet… too sweet. Stevia is great because it doesn’t add any weight or given any health challenges.

  2. JohnCWS

    I have to admit. I had no idea what Aspartame was until I found your article. Such an interesting read. Thank you for explaining it in detail. I also loved the picture “Don’t eat anything that says die in it” – Too Great! Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more of your work down the road!

    1. Marilyn

      Thanks John. I really do think articles like this are so necessary as like yourself, most people have no idea.

  3. Peter

    Wow what a great post! Certainly puts the case very well for avoiding artificial sweeteners and a great informative video on Aspartame too. learned quite a bit really so well worth reading and your other posts are equally informative. I loved your site will bookmark and return often to check on the updates Thank you and please continue to share this insightful information. 🙂

    1. Marilyn

      Thanks Peter I appreciate your comments. I’ll definitely try to get out some of this kind of information that I feel is seriously lacking.

  4. Sarah

    I’ve avoided aspartame for years because I get an instant headache when I have something it’s in. I wish that some of these artificial ingredients were disappearing more quickly. It seems many companies are starting to follow that trend, however slowly. Do you have any information on Stevia? I’ve tried cooking with it and haven’t heard bad things about it, but it’s hard when we’re so accustomed to the taste of regular sugar.

    1. Marilyn

      Hi Sarah… thanks for taking the time to comment on my site. It’s good you understand not to use aspartame even if it was the headaches that taught you not too.

      It’s worth shopping around a bit for a good tasting stevia. The first one I tried was not that pleasant but the second one was amazing. I went back to buy more and they didn’t have it… so sad. The third one I bought was ho-hum and then I bought the SweetLeaf drops which are pretty good in my estimation.

      I’m planning to write a post about stevia so I’ll try to address your questions there. Stay tuned! 🙂

  5. Chris

    Ive really been focusing on my diet lately and doing alot of reading. The omnivores dilema and wheat belly are two good books ive read on diet that have really opened my eyes. I had no idea about aspaatame. It sucks really to think that all we need as humans is a simple diet of fat, and vegetable nutrition and some carbs yet we are constantly haunted by new chemicals and things that our present in modern food. Its like the manufacturers have taken the term “dont fix whats not broken” to a massive massive extreme. Ill keep an eye out for this. Thank you!

    1. Marilyn

      You are so right Chris! I love the term you’ve used “don’t fix whats not broken” – that’s perfect! To focus on a good and correct diet you just need to keep it simple. Of-course this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few cakes, bread and desserts along the way… they just all need to be made out of different ingredients like nut flours instead of wheat flours etc.

      Thank you for adding your input to help others understand what’s really going on.

  6. Jeremy

    Great article! Most people thought long ago that by replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners that it would be better for you… wrong. Aspartame especially, is one of the worst artificial sweeteners that you can possibly ingest. Also, people who put artificial sweeteners in sweet teas feel like it’s better for them. Do you know if there’s a link between aspartame and diabetes?

    1. Marilyn

      Thanks for that Jeremy! Well once again it depends on who you are prepared to listen to regarding the safety of aspartame. If you visit certain diabetes websites they insist it’s completely safe for diabetic people.

      On the other hand, go to someone like Dr mercola for example, and he has quite a list of side affects of aspartame in diabetic people!

      From my research into it I know who I’d be listening to!

  7. Hilda

    Since I read some time ago that Aspartame could cause many different kinds of diseases, including cancer, I have tried to avoid as much as I can any food that may contain this substance. I was shocked after reading about the toxic domino effect Aspartame can have in our body! This was something new to me. It is a relief to know that there are healthy foods that don`t contain this toxic substance. Great article!

    1. Marilyn

      It’s so good to read that you are doing all you can to avoid aspartame… good for you! You know, they will stop using it if we all do exactly what you are doing as they wouldn’t have a market for it anymore. The trouble is of-course, to get people to do just that. Oh well, with each new person side-stepping it, you never know!

  8. Jay

    Hi Marilyn, I’m back again.

    I am quite obsessive about the whole sugar deal ever since I’ve started researching this stuff. You need to watch a video on Youtube by Dr Robert Lustig called “Sugar The Bitter Truth”. He goes into serious depth about the dangers about corn fructose syrup.

    Back to the aspartame, I’ve read that this is in fact what was once known as Nutrasweet. But they discovered that is caused cancer, so they took it off the market, waited a little while, then renamed it aspartame.

    It also has links to Monsanto, which says it all really.


    1. Marilyn

      Hi Jay, so good to hear from you again! You are right onto it and your research is revealing quite a thing or two, isn’t it? The problem is that most people don’t spend the time to research what is really behind a product. If they did I’m sure they would be more choosey in what they buy.

      I did look up Dr Lustig and have bookmarked him to watch later. It appears that most of his videos are quite lengthy. I will enjoy it when I do, I’m sure.

      As I tend to always say, our health depends on us making our own careful choices because there is no-one else out there looking out for us. Most of the companies and even the government departments are only concerned with how much money there is in there for them… one way and another. Short cuts or using devious means are acceptable if the end result is better for them.

      HFCS is another we really need to avoid at all costs. but it’s everywhere. Can’t afford to drink or eat anything with label reading. In most cases it’s better to eat real food where there are no labels.

      I enjoyed your comment and would love to hear more of your researching. 🙂

  9. Saber

    Hi Marilyn,
    Thanks for sharing this piece of information with us. I can’t agree more on what you said. Public awareness should be created to let more people understand about the health hazard possibly cause by food additives. We should opt for more natural foods from now on. Looking for more health tips from you! 🙂

    1. Marilyn

      That’s great Saber! Yes, I agree with you that we do need to get the information out there. Food additives are everywhere and in just about everything… hardly matters what I pick up, there they are again.

      This is why it’s smart to eat whole foods where they can’t adulterate it. Well, having said that, an enormous amount of our whole foods are adulterated with sprays and heaven only knows what else!!! So going organic is good, but it’s not the whole story neither. To full meaning of organic is that they have prepared the soil well with all the plant needs AND not sprayed with dangerous sprays. Many of them only do the 2nd part rather than add all the good into the soil. I think there should be another name for fruit and vegetables that have both parts of the equation so we can differentiate between the two.

      Thanks for leaving your thoughts with me and hope to hear from you again.

  10. Rick Wilson

    Hi Marilyn,
    Great job on pulling back the curtain on yet another poison that we are inundated with every day!! It is my quest to raise this kind of awareness as well. I’m sure you’re aware that this is just one of thousands of toxins we are exposed to every day. When combined with the seriously degraded quality of all our food sources it presents a very serious challenge. I think you would really enjoy my friend Peter Greenlaw’s three books. Start with “Why Diets Are Failing Us”. It reveals the toxic overload that we have in our bodies as the real culprits that prevent effective weight loss. Thanks for giving me a soapbox to stand on for a moment. I wish you all the best.

    1. Marilyn

      Hey Rick! It’s good to meet someone else with the same type of passion! You are welcome to the soapbox and I’ll definitely look into those books. It’s almost frightening what they’re doing to the food supply… it’s more than crazy. I feel the best way is to grow your own, but even then you have to make sure you add the necessary minerals as they are not always in the soil. What’s happened to the “good ol’ days” when things were more the way they should be?

      Thanks Rick… I’d love to read your website. 🙂

  11. Konnor williamson

    Hey Marilyn, me and my twin brother just started a diet for our 90 day transformation with p90x3. Reading your Web page really got me hooked, so hooked that I went and read the ingredients in my lunch and highlighted the bad ingredients. After work iv decided to go to Kroger and refine my diet plan to help detox my self. This information really helps, I’m glad there is other people out there that actually research h these kind of things. Other than the information, I love the way you have your page laid out and in order, amazing work Marilyn!!

    1. Marilyn

      Hi Konnor. I must admit that I had not heard of p90x3 – had to look it up online. I’m not about to talk about someone else’s program but I am glad you felt to read the ingredients list. This is where we all have to start… and be very conscious of the numbers etc. They hide so much behind words they know we don’t understand, or numbers we need to run and look up somewhere and usually can’t.

      I’m happy you liked my site. Come back again as I’ll be adding much more along the way. 🙂

  12. Gina

    I like that trick: Don’t consume anything with ‘die’ on it.
    The majority of people really believe that they have to live off diet things with these horrible sugar substitutes simply because they do not know the consequences. I doubt it’s because they don’t care.
    The word aspartame just scares me. I check every label as well for things to avoid. Unfortunately I can never see it happening that manufacturers will change their ways since most people will continue to buy these chemicals. 🙁

    1. Marilyn

      Hi Gina… well as each one of us begin to do what you do… check labels for the nasties, that’s one more hurt to that manufacturer’s hip pocket… hooray! We just cant give up and gradually more and more will join us!

  13. debbiesmith

    I’ve been looking through the sweet’s isle and I think aspartame is in most everything there. 🙁 I do like what you said about not eating anything that’s got “die” on it! Haha… what a laugh. Trying to choose better options when I eat so I’ll keep reading your blog for inspiration.

    1. They don’t only use aspartame but none of the artificial sweeteners are any good for you. You do need to steer clear from them. I would encourage you also to keep going down the track you’ve begun as it can only lead one direction and that’s towards better health.

  14. paulsmith

    I actually got into this post. I like to read material that makes me believe. Thank you for writing this fantastic content. Paul

    1. Well I just share what I’ve learned and if it helps you the way it helped me then you are definitely on to something. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to share Paul.

  15. Johnf493

    I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else knows such details about my difficulty. You are wonderful! Thanks!

    1. It’s good to know that something I’m writing is helpful to my readers. I wish you all the best as you work towards better health.

  16. Sammy

    Eye opening stuff! I’ll be more careful in the future. Thanks.

    1. That’s great Sammy. If I can alert people to these things and it causes them to be more careful, I’m happy with that.

  17. rudy_mantral

    I’ve learned something here and you can be sure I’ll be doing some more research on it, as I thought aspartame was a healthy option to choose. From what you’re saying that’s far from the truth. Yeah, I’ll look into this.

    1. I’m so happy that you are going to do deeper research and not only take my word for it. I think that’s what we all should do although I know we don’t all feel we have that sort of time. If you come up with anything I haven’t covered be sure to share back please.

  18. rumahtbayg

    I try to avoid all articifial sweeteners as I think they are all junk. Good on you for writing this post. It’s needed.

    1. Fantastic, so great to hear that. I appreciate the comment you’ve made. 🙂

  19. NemiraB

    Hello, thanks for spreading a message about dangers of aspartame. Regarding some naturopathic doctors, aspartame is most dangerous substance.
    I agree with them, because it is an artificial sweetener.
    These substances make health miserable, because diseases such as stroke, heart problems, Alzheimer occur when people use these sweeteners.
    Allergies are common problems for people who like to use drink soda.
    There are more bad things about aspartame, but I think why we can not urn to organic things such as Stevia or honey?
    It would be better for our health and wallet, because if we are healthy, we do not need buy drugs.
    Thanks for good read, all the best, Nemira.

    1. Marilyn

      You are quite right Nemira! It’s exactly as you say… if we would all begin to make those little changes in our life we would all be both healthier and wealthier. Good thought. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  20. pamyjnr

    Is Splenda ok?

    1. Hi Pam! I don’t believe any of the artificial sugars are ok… no matter what they call it. The best thing to do is to keep as close to nature as you possible can and then you can’t go wrong.

  21. edithmanny

    I always eat diet foods and don’t see they do me any harm. I really don’t think aspartame hurts you.

    1. Hi Edith, thanks for sharing your thoughts. It makes me wonder if you have ever tried to find out if aspartame is healthy for you? Each to our own of-course, so if you are happy to consume it then that’s fine. As for me, I’ll always try to avoid it and any other artificial sweetener.

  22. Barb

    I try never to consume aspartame. I’ve reads heaps on this and I agree with you. Don’t eat it.

    1. Well you’ve taken that right to the point Barb… don’t eat it! I’m sure anyone who does their research will realise how aspartame is far from healthy. Thank you for coming by and sharing that with me and my readers.

  23. ernest power

    I read your post with interest especially about the “diet” products on the market. I’ve been duped for countless years! I’ll have to read what others have to say as this really concerns me. Ernest

    1. Hi Ernest! Yes, please do that. I don’t expect people to take the word of my website as if it’s the gospel truth. I want them to be sparked into doing their own research on the areas that concern them. It’s not hard to find. Let me know if you have any other concerns or comments.

  24. ruozbagcsr

    your blog good. helpful. need this kind. english not good I read better than write

    1. I appreciate that you took the time to comment on my blog, even with your English challenge. I hope the things I write help you as that is my intention. Marilyn

  25. Bob

    I’ve been using aspartame for years and it was only a month or so ago I learned it was not good for me. I had always thought it was a much healthier option for me. I feel ripped off actually…why do they do this to us?

    1. Hi Bob! I wish I could answer that for you… it is appalling to me also. We follow what the “experts” tell us only to learn down the track it’s not the way they said it would be. The “experts” are generally manufacturers who advertise their product in such a way that you believe it will build your health. They are only interested in their profits, not your health. You need to learn from people who really do know… from doctors and health professionals who are studied in true health, I don’t mean the “sickness industry”. Marilyn

  26. danfaulk

    Surely is aspartame is so widely used it must be ok because the FDA wouldn’t allow it

    1. I understand your thinking Dan and it’s certainly the way you’d think it would naturally be… but unfortunately it’s not. I think the best thing you could do is a little research for yourself. It won’t take you long to find out that things aren’t always as we think they are.

  27. Fred

    Enjoy your site as there are so many good things to learn or be refreshed on. I’ve been reading up on aspartame and agree with you it should not be something we are consuming.

    1. Hi Fred! I’m so glad you enjoy my website. I put a lot of time and effort into it so I’m happy to know it’s being well received. Yes, be very wary of these substitute sugars they bring out because virtually none of them have your health in mind. Marilyn

  28. ben

    I have been avoiding aspartame for all most as long as its been around. I believe in eating naturally and will not use any of these artificial type sugars etc. Glad you are helping to spread the news as people need to know. ben

    1. Hi Ben! Oh it’s great to hear from someone else who thinks as I think. Yes, we must be careful what we consume and we certainly do need to get the news out. I appreciate your comment.

  29. imallright

    ive drunk aspartame for as long as i remember and its never hurt me

    1. Well all I can say is you are doing very well. The problem with most things is that they don’t give you a reaction immediately. Usually, especially with something like this, it’s long and slow. I would encourage you to do some of your own research. Marilyn

  30. gertrude

    Love what I read on your site as you are teaching me so much. I thought diet drinks was looking after my weight and health. I need to read info like this to help me learn. Want to thank you.

    1. Yes, they do a great job with there advertising don’t they Gertrude! We need to think twice before we believe anything we here. I’m so glad you’re learning and I’m glad to be of help. Marilyn

  31. henrymortimer

    I always check the labels looking for aspartame. This was a good read. Keep them coming.

    1. Good onya Henry, that’s the way! It’s a nuisance that we have to be so vigilant in label reading but I’m afraid it’s a sign of our times. Glad you appreciate the posts. Marilyn

  32. ronnyrutlidge

    Wouldn’t it be good if there were someone looking out for our health instead of all these buggers taking us for a ride. I’m trying to learn as much as I can and I find your site easy to read. Thanks. Glad I found it. Just thought I’d let you know.

    1. Oh yes Ronny, I agree with you! There are so many out there taking advantage of us every which way. I’m glad you found me too. 🙂 Appreciate your comment. Marilyn

  33. mandy

    I love your website. I’ve bookmarked it and come back to it often. Some of this stuff is so necessary for us to know. Thanks.

    1. I’m glad you think so Mandy! I do believe it’s important for many of us to share this type of information. Thanks for sharing. Marilyn

  34. don

    I came across your website while surfing online and I’m so glad I did! I’ve learned a lot through reading your posts. Keep them coming please.

    1. Sure Don, I’ll do my best. I have a lot more to share. Keep watching. Thank you. Marilyn

  35. Pamela Williams

    Oh no! I’ve been drinking diet drinks every day as I need that sparkle to keep me going! Is what you say right?

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Hi Pamela! There is a lot of evidence in scientific studies that confirm what I have written. Do you know it’s easy to make your own soda water at home and that you can add whatever you like to it to flavour it? They are not expensive, and if you are used to buying every day then you would soon cover the cost. Of-course, please stick to natural flavours like lime, lemon, or any fruit juice… just add a little and the flavour is beautiful. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment… much appreciated. Marilyn

  36. Jeffrey Larkin

    I wanted to stop by to say how much I appreciated this post. We need more common sense posts like this. We are being lied to by food companies all the time which drives me crazy. Keep these posts coming please. J

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Hey Jeff… I’m so happy you found it helpful. I’m writing a program at the moment but once finished I will begin again to create many more posts. Thanks so much for your comment. Marilyn

  37. Harry Globuman

    Hi there…just wanted to leave a quick thanks to you for sharing this. It’s information I was unaware of.

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Hi Harry, I’m glad to be of service! Got to get the information out as far and wide as possible. Keep reading! Warm regards, Marilyn

  38. Stephenrem

    I use aspartame all the time as I’ve been told it’s the best to help me lose weight!

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Oh Stephen, are you losing weight? Really? If you were to follow some of my examples you may find better results. All I would like you to do is your own research so you can make an informed decision. Would you do that for me? Marilyn

  39. MaxGabrogrogs

    This is such an interesting read. I got much out of it. Thx

    1. Marilyn Williams

      That’s good to know Max. I hope my other posts are helpful to you as well. Thanks for stopping by to let me know. Marilyn

  40. MartinWep

    Wanted to say good. I thanks you

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Thank YOU Martin! I appreciate that. Marilyn

  41. HealthyGirl

    I have always chosen diet to eat. I will be more careful from now on.

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Hi Coreen, yes we need to learn the truth about marketed products that they say are good, but really, they are otherwise. We live and learn, and I’m so glad you are on the healthy journey. Warm regards, Marilyn

  42. owentelly3

    Had no idea about aspartame. wow! thank you for making it so clear.

    1. Marilyn Williams

      I’m glad you understand. Hope you share the message.

  43. jodycameron

    I always use it and it hasn’t hurt me

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Well it’s up to you to make the choice. Thanks for sharing

  44. johnesiq

    I have used aspartame for years and never realised what it was doing to me. 🙁

    1. Marilyn Williams

      It’s good that you’ve now learned… your body will thank you.

  45. DannyFl

    Whoa… just as well I happened on this blog!

    1. Marilyn Williams

      I’m happy you happened on this blog. Thank you for taking the time to share.

  46. ernie harvey

    You know, I have wondered about this. Thanks for explaining.

    1. Marilyn Williams

      You’re welcome. Spread the news as it really needs to get out there.

  47. igpugexojezuj

    I’ve been avoiding aspartame for years. Hate the stuff!

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Good one! Thanks for sharing.

  48. udikaasa

    I thought high fructose corn syrup was one of the good ones. Boy, was I mistaken, Thnks for sharing this.

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Yes unfortunately they use names that sound genuine but they aren’t necessarily so. Thanks for coming in to share.

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