The nation’s most commonly used artificial sweetener, Aspartame, has gotten a bad rap over the years. More than 10,000 official complaints have linked the sweetener, which is found in chewing gums, soft-drinks, table-top sweetners, breakfast cereals, and sugarless jams, to numerous adverse reactions. Complaints range from headaches, mood alterations, gastrointestinal symptoms, and even hallucinations.
So, what better way to fix the problem than giving the controversial sweetener a make-over—reintroducing it under a pernicious pseudonym that makes it sound deceptively natural: AminoSweet.
The most controversial food additive in history, Aspartame was only approved by the FDA after strong political and financial pressure overturned health-concern arguments against the artificial sweetener. Furthermore, according to Mercola.com, aspartame was previously listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent!
The additive has been shown to cause cancer in lab rats, and according to Mercola.com, there have been more aspartame-reaction reports to the FDA than for all other food additives combined:
In fact, there are over 10,000 official complaints, but by the FDA’s own admission, less than 1 percent of those who experience a reaction to a product ever report it. So in all likelihood, the toxic effects of aspartame may have affected roughly a million people already.
While a variety of symptoms have been reported, almost two-thirds of them fall into the neurological and behavioral category consisting mostly of headaches, mood alterations, and hallucinations. The remaining third is mostly gastrointestinal symptoms.
Furthermore, in addition to wreaking havoc on our health, aspartame doesn’t even do what it claims to. Below is the full story from Mercola.com:
The sad truth is that diet foods and drinks ruin your body's ability to count calories, and in fact stimulate your appetite, thus boosting your inclination to overindulge. . .
If you suffer from sweet cravings, it’s easy to convince yourself you’re doing the right thing by opting for a zero-calorie sweetener like aspartame. Please understand that you will do more harm than good to your body this way. . .
As mentioned earlier, almost two-thirds of all documented side effects of aspartame consumption are neurological.
One of the reasons for this side effect, researchers have discovered, is because the phenylalanine in aspartame dissociates from the ester bond. While these amino acids are indeed completely natural and safe, they were never designed to be ingested as isolated amino acids in massive quantities, which in and of itself will cause complications.
Additionally this will also increase dopamine levels in your brain. This can lead to symptoms of depression because it distorts your serotonin/dopamine balance. It can also lead to migraine headaches and brain tumors through a similar mechanism.
The aspartic acid in aspartame is a well-documented excitotoxin. Excitotoxins are usually amino acids, such as glutamate and aspartate. These special amino acids cause particular brain cells to become excessively excited, to the point that they die.
According to the researchers, consuming a lot of aspartame can disturb:
- The metabolism of amino acids
- Protein structure and metabolism
- The integrity of nucleic acids
- Neuronal function
- Endocrine balances
Furthermore, the ester bond in aspartame breaks down to formaldehyde and methanol, which are also toxic in their own right. So it is not surprising that this popular artificial sweetener has also been found to cause cancer.
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