Aspartame


How many of these would you have once considered a healthy alternative?

Image of products that contain Aspartame: Diet coke, Berocca, Extra ice gum, Robinsons juice drink, weight watchers yogurt & slim-fast shake powder.

Diet Sodas, Yogurts, Chewing Gum, Cooking Sauces, Crisps, Tabletop Sweeteners, Drink Powders, Flavoured Water, Sugar-free/No Added Sugarproducts, Cereals, Instant Teas and Coffees, Frozen desserts, Juice drinks, Multivitamins, Milk drinks, Pharmaceuticals and Supplements (including over the counter medicines) all contain aspartame.

Used as a low calorie sweetener, aspartame is a derivative of aspartic acid and phenylalanine.

85 percent of all complaints registered with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) are for adverse reactions to aspartame, including five reported deaths.

In reality, aspartame poses a serious public health threat.

Aspartame has been linked to:

Birth Defects

A study funded by Monsanto to study possible birth defects caused by consuming aspartame was cut off after preliminary data showed damaging information about aspartame. Some researchers have suggested that high doses of aspartame may be associated with problems ranging from dizziness and subtle brain changes to mental retardation.

Cancer (Brain Cancer)

In 1981, an FDA statistician stated that the brain tumour data on aspartame was so “worrisome” that he could not recommend approval of NutraSweet™.
A late FDA toxicologist testified before the U.S. Congress that aspartame was capable of producing brain tumours.

Diabetes

According to research conducted by a diabetes specialist, aspartame leads to the precipitation of clinical diabetes; causes poorer diabetic control in diabetics on insulin or oral drugs; leads to the aggravation of diabetic complications such as retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy and gastroparesis and causes convulsions.

Emotional Disorders/depression

Researchers have concluded that “individuals with mood disorders are particularly sensitive to this artificial sweetener; its use in this population should be discouraged.” One researcher stated about aspartame, “I know it causes seizures. I’m convinced also that it definitely causes behavioural changes. I’m very angry that this substance is on the market…”

Epilepsy/Seizures

At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 80 people who had suffered seizures after ingesting aspartame were surveyed. Community Nutrition Institute concluded the following about the survey:
“These 80 cases meet the FDA’s own definition of an imminent hazard to the public health, which requires the FDA to expeditiously remove a product from the market.”

Source – for more information, read this in depth article: http://www.mercola.com/article/aspartame/hidden_dangers.htm

As healthy alternatives we recommend

  • Natural, full fat options are always healthier than low fat foods that have had artificial ingredients added
  • Drinks/flavoured waters:coconut water, water with fresh lime or lemon and water infused with a herbal tea bag all provide something healthy if you don’t like drinking just water.
  • Cereal: organic porridge with fresh fruit rather than ready made cereal with aspartame-sweetened freeze dried fruit.
  • Chewing gum: Peppersmith chewing gum is 100% natural
  • Multivitamin supplements: probiotics, Vitamin D and fish oils are all the supplements we recommend to maintain a healthy body.
  • Plant and Animal Based Sweeteners: If you really need something sweet, try stevia (plant based natural sweetener), agave nectar (plant based syrup) or honey

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