Aspartame is scary. We want sweetness, we want fun. But like a Jekyll-and-Hyde potion, the end result can be misery and death.
In 1965 a pharmaceutical chemist absently licked his finger and found it 200 times sweeter than sugar. It tasted like a gold mine, and his drug company turned it into one. (Searle, now a subsidiary of Pfizer.)
Early in the game, scientists found aspartame to be deadly, causing brain damage and brain tumors in animals. And they knew it would harm anybody with genetic PKU (phenylketonuria), the inability to process phenylalanine.
Meanwhile the drug company pushed it through the red tape. Studies were skewed on purpose, reports were falsified. Suits and counter suits were filed.
When it came down to it, even the FDA panel was contrived. After they voted against aspartame, the Commissioner (Rumsfeld) appointed an extra panel member whose vote, along with his own, settled the approval in 1981.
We started putting aspartame in soft drinks in 1983. One year later the FDA had 600 consumer illness complaints, more than from any substance ever before. (And we know most people don’t take time to file complaints.)
Currently aspartame poisons 6,000 to 9,000 drinks, foods, cereals, snacks, ketchup, salad dressings, ice cream, sugarless gum, candies, children’s medicines.
In 1991 (a generation ago) the NIH listed 167 symptoms of aspartame poisoning.
Here are the most popular aspartame dangers:
- Headaches, Migraines are the most common reaction
- Convulsions and seizures
- Abdominal pain and cramps
- Mood and memory changes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s
- Multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, joint pain, chronic fatigue, weakness
- Dizziness, numbness, neuritis, shooting pains
- Heart attacks
- Vision problems, retinal damage, blindness
- Birth defects
- Brain tumors (as they knew from the very beginning in the 1970’s)
- Weight gain (Hello?? What’s the point of diet soda anyhow?)
Diet food/drinks cause weight gain? Yes.
Aspartame’s phenylalanine and aspartic acid increase insulin and leptin, which tell your body to store fat. And phenylalanine reduces serotonin, thereby bringing more hunger, food cravings (and sadness, because serotonin is a natural happiness hormone).
Aspartame is fully absorbed into the body. Its Methanol converts to Formaldehyde which causes cancer.
Formaldehyde changes to formic acid. (Same stuff found in the stinging juice of fire ants.)
This acidity slowly damages all internal organs (metabolic acidosis).
Methanol toxicity from aspartame can look like Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Parkinson’s, that whole bullet list above.
Aspartic Acid in aspartame causes cell death throughout the body.
Want to know more of the biochemical whys and wherefores? Look up Dr. Mercola or sweet poison or hundreds of other sites.
Aspartame is known as Equal, Nutrasweet, and the new modified versions: Neotame, Advantame.
Why hasn’t aspartame been stopped by now, 50 years later? Because the FDA relies on industry studies, not independent studies, to make its decisions. How screwed up is that?
But we can choose what goes into our mouth.
Yikes, my sugarless gum habit is finished now. (Found out aspartame absorption through the mucosa of the mouth is especially harmful.)
Some of us are returning our aspartame groceries, opened or unopened, to the grocer, who can send them back for a refund. Imagine all that gum piling up in the lap of the manufacturer. We don’t want it no more!
Try another sweetener? Sucralose (Splenda) has its own ill effects, sorry to say. It kills half of the good bacteria in the intestines, which are so vital to our health. Sucralose has been known to induce migraines, seizures, dizziness, blurred vision, anemia, male infertility, stomach problems, blood sugar imbalances, and weight gain.
Acesulfame K (Sunett) is an additive for juices, ice creams, and many other foods. It contains a known carcinogen, and also causes depression, confusion, headaches, nausea.
Saccharin (Sweet N’ Low), as we recall from the early 70’s, caused cancer in rodents. Its chemicals can cause toxic overload, general inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, and hormonal issues.
Most Natural Health advocates recommend Stevia as a good sweetener. Derived from a mum-like plant, Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Yet – just so you know – there are some criticisms reported, such as gas, bloating, dizziness, muscle pain, numbness, low blood pressure, low blood sugar. (Depends on how much you use? I hate to give it up.)
We do have two sweeteners, Wheylow and Xylitol, that may or may not prove to be better options. Both of them are natural sugars but are designed to be poorly absorbed by the body. Thus, low calories. Significantly altered.
Who knows? I’m feeling like a drop of honey or raw sugar might be my best choice. Not a lot. Just a nibble.
Honey contains B vitamins and antioxidants. (Agave nectar is not wholeheartedly recommended because it’s so darn high in fructose, which hurts the liver, heart, etc.)
My mom used to eat one bite of dessert. And savor it. Advice she took from Alfred Hitchcock, she said. Who ever heard of dieting tips from Hitchcock. His specialty was to delightfully scare us, decades ago, before the grocery store got so scary . . .