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Aspartame – sold under the brand names NutraSweet, Sugar Twin
and Equal – is one of the most popular artificial sweeteners
available on the market. It is used as a low-calorie
sugar substitute in more than 6,000 processed products
worldwide, especially in diet or sugar-free foods and
While it remains the most used artificial sweetener, it has
also faced controversy in recent years. As more and more
research links aspartame to severe health effects, increasing
numbers of people are becoming aware of this hidden poison and
are trying to avoid it at all costs. That’s why Pepsi
proactively removed it from their diet soda last year.
Complaints of various health issues have been filed since
aspartame first appeared on the market in the 1980s. As
reported by The Nutritional Source, aspartame is one of
the most exhaustively studied chemicals in the human food
supply, with more than 200 studies completed.
Dr. Betty Martini, the founder of the worldwide volunteer force
Mission Possible World Health International, which is committed
to removing aspartame from
our food, notes that aspartame has brought more complaints
to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) than any other
additive; it is responsible for 75 percent of such complaints.
Over the years, more than 90 side effects – including vision
loss, seizures, brain tumors, cancer and mild
rashes – have been associated with regular consumption of
aspartame. Furthermore, it can mimic the symptoms of diseases
such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, ADD, diabetes,
Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue and depression.
When aspartame is processed by the body it breaks down into
phenylalanine (50 percent), aspartic acid (40 percent) and
methanol (or wood alcohol, 10 percent).
Aspartame can make you blind
We have all heard the stories about alcoholics ending up blind
or dead after drinking methanol during Prohibition. Aspartame
consists of 10 percent methanol which our body further breaks
down into formaldehyde and formic acid. These compounds
accumulate in the retina of the eye and destroy the optic
nerve, causing vision loss
Furthermore, methanol poisoning may cause central nervous
system depression, and can lead to metabolic acidosis and coma.
As reported by Dr. Martini, in 1986 the Community Nutrition
Institute petitioned the FDA to ban aspartame
because so many people had gone blind and had seizures. Despite
the apparent link, the FDA, backed up by the drug and chemical
industry, refused to take aspartame out of production.
It messes with your brain
Excessive amounts of phenylalanine block the transport of
essential amino acids to the brain, which contributes to
reduced levels of dopamine and serotonin. While our brains need
this amino acid, too much of it has been linked to emotional
and behavioral disorders and brain damage.
Furthermore, too much aspartic acid, another amino acid present
in aspartame, can cause over-stimulation and death of brain
cells. It leaks too much calcium into the cells and triggers
excessive amounts of free radicals, which may damage and kill
G.D. Searle, the company behind the discovery of aspartame, was
warned as early as 1971 that excess amounts of aspartic acid
caused holes in the brain of mice and posed a serious threat to
human health, yet nobody found it necessary to remove aspartame
from the shelves.
Induces brain tumors
Before its approval, aspartame had been rejected multiple times
over fears of brain tumors and cancer, the Huffington
Post reported. In 1996, Dr. John Olney, who founded the
field of neuroscience called excitotoxicity, and attorney James
Turner, attempted to stop the approval of aspartame.
Even the FDA’s own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross, told
Congress that aspartame could cause brain tumors and brain
cancer, and that approving it would violate the Delaney
Amendment, which forbids putting anything in food known to cause cancer.
Sadly enough, Donald Rumsfeld – who was CEO of G.D. Searle and
part of Reagan’s transition team – and Monsanto joined forces.
In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the company that held
the patent to aspartame. They managed to pull a few strings and
played a substantial role in the approval of aspartame by the
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