Ounce of Prevention | Aspartame – a sweet poison | News

With increased public awareness about the dangers of sugar, many people now use artificial sweeteners to satisfy their sweet tooth. The most popular artificial sweetener found in groceries, supermarkets, in kitchens and on our dining tables is called aspartame.

On most restaurant tables, right beside the sugar are pretty pink and blue packets of the chemical aspartame, a well-known toxin. It is marketed under various trade names like NutraSweet or Equal.

Have you had your toxins today? You can hardly buy a stick of gum or a box of candy without being offered a dose of aspartame. Without carefully reading the label, you would not even suspect that the product contains aspartame. Advertisements portray it as a healthy alternative to sugar. Sadly, because of this deception, many healthconscious people regularly use aspartame-sweetened products.

 

Aspartame chemistry

 

Aspartame is a synthetic chemical made of two amino acids-phenylalanine and aspartic acid-bonded with methyl alcohol. The amino acids can go directly to the brain and disturb your nervous system. Though your brain naturally uses phenylalanine, aspartame consumption creates abnormally high phenylalanine levels that increase the risk of seizures.

Meanwhile, the methyl alcohol breaks down in the body to formic acid (the poison in ants sting) and formaldehyde (the chemical in embalming fluid). These are also extremely toxic substances and every time you drink a diet soda or chew sugarless gum containing aspartame, you give your body an unhealthy dose of them. By the way MSG, another poison in the modern diet, acts in synergy with aspartame to worsen the damage they both cause.

… Side effects of aspartame

As far back as the 1980s, the US Department of Health and Human Services received thousands of complaints regarding adverse reactions to aspartame. However, the enormous power of vested economic interests contrived to ‘prove’ that aspartame was perfectly safe. One expert, Dr Janet…

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