Aspartame is getting an image makeover, and has been re-named “AminoSweet” in an effort to ditch negative press and hide the true dangers of this artificial sweetener.
Health and nutrition experts have dubbed aspartame “chemical poison” for good reason.
But with a new name, unsuspecting consumers may be exposed to this poison even while thinking they are diligently avoiding it.
What Is Aspartame?
Aspartame is made up of the chemicals aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol.
Aspartic acid (aspartate) is an amino acid that our bodies produce, even if we don’t get it from food sources.
Too much aspartate is linked to the destruction of neurons in the brain, because it allows too much calcium into the cells. This triggers the production of free radicals.
Children are even more susceptible to this damage.
Phenylalanine can cause damage to brain cells, and even death, in those who are sensitive.
The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that women who are breast feeding or pregnant should avoid phenylalanine.
Interestingly, the AminoSweet website states that it is safe for pregnant and nursing women and children.
Taken in high doses, phenylalanine is toxic and can cause nerve damage. With aspartame hidden in so many processed foods, it could be very difficult to determine how much phenylalanine a person ingests each day.
Phenylalanine can also interact with various medications, causing them to be less effective.
Finally, methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is used as antifreeze, fuel, a solvent and, apparently, as a sweetener for the foods that you and your children eat.
Methanol is highly toxic and can cause blindness and death. Does this sound like something you want to feed your family?
Health Issues and Aspartame
Aspartame has been linked to the following side effects:
• Eye pain, decreased vision and blindness
• Tinnitus, hearing impairment and intolerance of noise
• Slurred speech
• Restless leg
• Facial pain
• Heart palpitations
• Shortness of breath
• Abdominal pain
• Hair loss
• Weight loss
• Weight gain
• And more…
Aspartame Toxicity is characterized by symptoms including brain damage, depression and more, including death.
Aspartame may also mimic or trigger Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein-Barr virus, Lyme Disease, Graves Disease, MS, Lupus, Epilepsy and others.
Many patients may be diagnosed with these diseases when in actuality, they could be suffering from aspartame poisoning.
With so many adverse side effects, why is this chemical allowed in thousands of products that people consume every day? Shouldn’t the government ban this chemical?
Aspartame was discovered quite by accident in 1965 by a chemist working for G.D. Searle & Company (purchased by Monsanto in 1985, incidentally).
He was actually working on a treatment for gastric ulcers but, upon discovering the sweet taste of the chemical, decided to change the FDA paperwork from drug to food additive.
The FDA approved its use in several foods, but rescinded its approval after they found some of Searle’s studies on safety to be questionable.
The FDA even recommended a grand jury investigation into Searle’s concealment of facts and false statements regarding the safety of aspartame, but the U.S. attorney who received the recommendation decided to leave the U.S. attorney’s office to represent Searle instead.
This delayed investigations until the statute of limitations eventually expired.
The Rotating Door of the FDA
A five-member Commissioner’s Team of scientists were assembled to investigate the safety of aspartame. When three of the five scientists concluded that the chemical was unsafe, a sixth member was mysteriously added to the team, causing a deadlock.
The FDA Commissioner at the time decided not to approve the chemical, but was later replaced by a new Commissioner, Dr. Arthur Hayes, who approved aspartame and then, three months later, left the FDA to work for Searle.
Aspartame was again approved even with scads of evidence showing it to be dangerous.
In fact, in 2002, the Aspartame Toxicity Information Center sent a letter to the FDA requesting aspartame be recalled as a neurotoxic drug and listed its evidence.
Yet, with so much money from big companies that stood to make even more money using this cheap chemical sweetener, the evidence didn’t stand a chance.
A New Media Campaign
Even with all the effort put into covering up the dangers of aspartame, much of the general public is finally now aware of how unsafe this chemical can be.
So, aspartame needs a media campaign.
AminoSweet is made to sound like a natural sweetener, because it has amino acids as part of its makeup.
Will the public be fooled into accepting the same poison under a new name? Hopefully, the public will make wise choices regarding their health, since clearly the government cannot be relied upon to do so.
Just a few of the studies on aspartame:
–> Aspartame can cause headaches
–> Methanol poisoning of 61-year old man
–> Effect of long term intake of aspartame on antioxidant defense status in liver.
–> Aspartame-induced fibromyalgia
–> Effects of artificial sweeteners on body weight, food and drink intake.
–> Aspartame administered in feed, beginning prenatally through life span, induces cancers of the liver and lung in male Swiss mice.
–> First Experimental Demonstration of the Multipotential Carcinogenic Effects of Aspartame Administered in the Feed to Sprague-Dawley Rats