Aspartame is one of the most widely used artificial sweeteners in the world. It is added to approximately 6,000 consumer foods, beverages, chewable vitamin supplements, laxatives, milk drinks, pharmaceutical drugs and supplements, shake mixes, teas, instant coffees, wine coolers, condiments, etc. It is also sold under the trade names Equal, NutraSweet, and Canderel. It was originally produced by G.D. Searle, but this company was purchased by Monsanto in 1984.
The dangers of aspartame use has been a very contentious issue. The FDA, and other large corporations and regulators have claimed that aspartame is a harmless chemical. But others have argued that aspartame is very dangerous. After a careful examination of the evidence, it would appear that aspartame is harmful. This is in addition to the controversy surrounding the scientific studies that were used to justify the approval of aspartame for human consumption.
Chemically speaking, aspartame is composed of the amino acids L-aspartic acid and L-phenylalanine. Its breakdown products include phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol (also known as ‘wood alcohol’). Each of these chemicals cause problems. Phenylalanine is known to cause seizures and degrades into DKP, which is a tumor causing agent. Aspartic acid has been shown to create holes in the brains of mice. Methanol is a known toxin which is lethal to the body. It causes blindness by destroying the optic nerve. In addition, the methanol in aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde (embalming fluid) and formic acid, which is similar to ant venom.
Even worse, I have seen reports that Searle had falsified data in their ‘scientific’ studies on aspartame. The aspartame was causing tumors in the experimental animals, but Searle scientists were cutting the tumors out of the animals and fixing the experimental results to ‘prove’ that the chemical was safe for human consumption.
The bottom line is that aspartame is one of the most dangerous food additives known to man. In spite of all the PR passing for scientific studies and justification for the safety of aspartame, it is a very toxic substance. It is known to cause approximately 90 side effects in humans. Some of the side effects of aspartame are:
- headaches & migraines
- memory loss
- dizziness & loss of balance
- severe depression
- personality changes
- tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
- loss of blood sugar control
- irreversible brain damage
- birth defects
As an anecdotal report, my late father used to drink diet sodas with NutraSweet in it daily. I would continue to tell him about the bad things that I found out about it. I did notice that over the years, his memory was slipping. One day, he took my young son to the grocery store with him. My son reported that he had collapsed at the store. My father was forced to admit that he had, in fact, passed out at the store. I can’t directly attribute his memory loss, collapsing at the store, and other health issues that he had to the aspartame, but I’m certain that it was not good for him and had a deleterious effect upon him. I never liked the stuff because I never liked the taste of it. It tasted like poison to me.
I think you owe it to yourself to do some research on aspartame. It has also been associated with brain cancer and other cancers and tumors as well. This appears to be just another instance where profits, prestige and politics are more important than human lives. Don’t be another victim of the big corporations! Investigate this and act accordingly.