The following appeared in the health section of a magazine on trends and lifestyles.
â€œPeople who use the artificial sweetener aspartame are better off consuming sugar, since aspartame can actually contribute to weight gain
rather than weight loss. For example, high levels of aspartame have been shown to trigger a craving for food by depleting the brain of a
chemical that registers satiety, or the sense of being full. Furthermore, studies suggest that sugars, if consumed after at least 45 minutes of
continuous exercise, actually enhance the bodyâ€™s ability to burn fat. Consequently, those who drink aspartame-sweetened juices after
exercise will also lose this calorie-burning benefit. Thus it appears that people consuming aspartame rather than sugar are unlikely to
achieve their dietary goals.â€