Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in many beverages today, including diet sodas and zero-calorie flavored waters. It is also found in some diet, low sugar alternative foods. Furthermore, it is used in many medications.
Most consumers may have some realization about the health risks of ingesting artificial sweeteners, but they may not realize that artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and even splenda (to a lesser degree), can irritate the bladder and lead to bladder urgency incontinence. In fact, a person who consumes more than one 12 ounce beverage with aspartame increases the risk of bladder irritation. Additionally, if that same person also eats many diet foods with artificial sweeteners, they are increasing their risk significantly.
Some studies have shown that aspartame turns into formaldehyde in the body, so you can imagine the many negative health risks a person undertakes while consuming aspartame.
Many patients who suffer from bladder urgency are “cured” after they omit aspartame from their diet. Healthier alternatives are stevia and agave. The healthiest choice of all, is of course, drinking 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water per day.
Here is to drinking to better bladder health!