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BLUF: Limit your aspartame consumption!
Studies have shown that consecutive aspartame consumption at as little as 7% of the FDA recommended daily intake can cause anxiety symptoms in ~8 days. Not only that, but after 12 weeks of consumption, it was proven that the anxiety symptoms are passed to the offspring two generations later. That means if you have roughly one to two 32 oz Diet Cokes per day, your children and grandchildren will show symptoms of anxiety even if they never consume aspartame themselves. It is important to note that aspartame is in many foods and products labeled as “diet” due to its zero calorie component. Please be aware of this and limit your aspartame consumption!
Primary research project for BIOL491/503 Nutrition and Neuroscience with Dr. Diane Darland.
Grand Forks, ND
Kersey, Abby J.; Kram, Baylee R.; Okosun, Blessing O.; and Darland, Diane C., "Pick Your Poison: How Aspartame Causes Anxiety" (2023). Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Showcase. 15.