Aspartame is the technical term for artificial sweeteners – a popular alternative to sugar. The substitute is commonly used to help people lose weight, but it may be doing more damage than sugar.

It’s used in chewing gum, sugar free foods and beverages, fat free yogurt, table top sweeteners like Equal, vitamins and sugar free cough drops.

On A Healthy You, Dr. Joseph Mercola said that studies show aspartame actually may cause people to gain weight. It’s also loaded with side effects, including seizures, autoimmune disorders and migraines.