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Aspartame – Sweet, Sweet Poison

 

aspartame artificial sweetner

Article by Kenneth Szeto.

 

The need for people to slim down or decrease their sugar and fat intake over the years has led to an explosion in so called diet products that promote; zero sugar, sugar free and low fat ingredients. These include everyday products such as soft drinks, sports drinks, chewing gums, light or low fat yogurts, toothpaste, cereals, medicines, and frozen meals to name a few. Basically products that are marketed as using no sugar, sugar free, low fat or no fat are likely to be in this category. On the flip side, what goes into them isn’t always better than using natural sugar or full fat ingredients. An ingredient in these sugar free or low fat products is aspartame, an artificial sweetener that has been linked to many health problems. Aspartame is marketed under the NutraSweet, Equal, Sugar Twin and Spoonful brands.

 

According to Dr Mercola, “Aspartame: By far the most dangerous substance added to most foods today”.

 

Aspartame is an ingredient that acts as a substitute for sugar but without the calories. However, it is two hundred times sweeter than sugar and is made of a number of chemicals, that can cause health issues, such as diabetes and cancer to name a few. It can be harmful to those suffering from diabetes, as aspartame can also lower insulin sensitivity and inhibit brain functions.

Artificial sweeteners can cause weight problems similar to sugar. The lack of proper sugar in sweeteners don’t prompt your brain to say you have had enough and cause your body to keep craving food. Furthermore, two components of aspartame, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, trigger the hormones insulin and leptin in your body that regulate cravings and fat storage respectively. If the body is exposed to too much of either, then it is possible that it will keep gaining weight while also being unable to control hunger.

Aspartame is partially made up of methanol, also known as wood alcohol. Tests show that the human body processes methanol in a harmful way. When methanol is consumed, it spreads throughout the body and is absorbed by the most susceptible tissues; the brain and bone marrow being the most sensitive. The methanol is then broken down by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase and becomes formaldehyde, a toxin that can cause vision problems, DNA replication and cancer.

 

Formaldehyde, and methanol, as well as other solvents, are typically used in the embalming process of dead bodies, so that the decomposition of the body slows down…imagine what it is doing to you while you are alive!

 

Consuming methanol and what it becomes in the body leads to numerous health problems, including bodily fatigue, vision impairment and birth defects. When methanol breaks down in the body it becomes formaldehyde, which is a deadly neurotoxin. “An EPA assessment of methanol states that methanol, is considered a cumulative poison due to the low rate of excretion once it is absorbed. In the body, methanol is oxidized to formaldehyde.” They recommend a limit of consumption of 7.8 mg/day. A one-liter (approx. 1 quart) aspartame-sweetened beverage contains about 56 mg of methanol. Heavy users of aspartame-containing products consume as much as 250 mg of methanol daily or 32 times the EPA limit”, writes Dr Mercola.

Aspartame may also contribute to, Non-Hodgkin’s, Lymphoma, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), to name a few. See table 2, for more illnesses that can be caused by aspartame.

Although recognized as being dangerous, companies have continued to use aspartame in their products. As a result, the best solution to prevent aspartame poisoning and its’ long list of dangerous health effects is avoiding products that contain aspartame. Some people may find this impossible to do, but over time as you change your lifestyle to incorporate healthier alternatives it becomes easier.

 

According to Dr Janet Starr Hull, these are some of the adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame:

Eye
Blindness in one or both eyes
Decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, Tunnel vision, decreased night vision
Pain in one or both eyes
Decreased tears
Trouble with contact lenses
Bulging eyes
Ear
Tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
Severe intolerance of noise
Marked hearing impairment

Neurologic
Epileptic seizures
Headaches, migraines and (some severe)
Dizziness, unsteadiness, both
Confusion, memory loss, both
Severe drowsiness and sleepiness
Paraesthesia or numbness of the limbs
Severe slurring of speech
Severe hyperactivity and restless legs
Atypical facial pain
Severe tremors
Psychological/Psychiatric
Severe depression
Irritability
Aggression
Anxiety
Personality changes
Insomnia
Phobias

Chest
Palpitations, tachycardia
Shortness of breath
Recent high blood pressure

Gastrointestinal
Nausea
Diarrhoea, sometimes with blood in stools
Abdominal pain
Pain when swallowing
Skin and Allergies
Itching without a rash
Lip and mouth reactions
Hives
Aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma
Other
Frequency of voiding and burning during urination
Excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
Increased susceptibility to infection
Endocrine and Metabolic
Loss of control of diabetes
Menstrual changes
Marked thinning or loss of hair
Marked weight loss
Gradual weight gain
Aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
Severe PMS 
Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
Death
Irreversible brain damage
Birth defects, including mental retardation
Peptic ulcers
Aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
Hyperactivity in children
Severe depression
Aggressive behaviour
Suicidal tendencies

Table 2

Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Epstein-Barr
Post-Polio Syndrome
Lyme Disease
Grave’s Disease
Meniere’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
ALS
Epilepsy
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
EMS
Hypothyroidism
Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
Fibromyalgia
Lupus
Non-Hodgkins
Lymphoma
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

 

Notes:

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen (causes cancer), is known to causes allergic, irritant and contact dermatitis, headaches and chronic fatigue. The vapour is extremely irritating to the eyes, nose and throat (mucous membranes).

Formaldehyde, and methanol, as well as other solvents, are typically used in the embalming process of dead bodies, so that the decomposition of the body slows down.

According to the Sugar Association, “Products containing aspartame must carry a label advising those with phenylketonuria, a rare genetic disorder, that phenylalanine is present. It is listed in the ingredient statement on a food or beverage package as “aspartame.” The ingredient listing for a tabletop product like Equal reads “dextrose with maltodextrin, aspartame.”

Other artificial sweeteners to look out for that are just as harmful as Aspartame; Acesulfame potassium, Neotame, Saccharin and Sucralose.