Sweetener Aspartame Effective In Weight Control
Obesity is a major cause of treatable illness and represents a major cost to society.
Some of these medications have potential side effects and can be costly.
George L. Blackburn, M.D. and colleagues monitored
the effects of aspartame-sweetened foods and beverages as part
of a weight-control program involving one hundred sixty-three
obese women. Their results, published in the American Journal
of Clinical Nutrition (1997;65:409-18), showed that a
dietary program designed with aspartame and combined with exercise
yielded significantly better results than without this sweetener.
Accordingly, women who consumed aspartame-sweetened foods lost
significantly more weight overall and regained significantly less
weight during maintenance and follow-up than did those women who
were assigned to abstain from aspartame for the study.