Aspartame – In a Middle of Profit and Health
Aspartame (known as NutraSweet or Equal) is 200 times sweeter than natural sugar but is one of the most tested and debated food additives in the history of the FDA. It is currently used in over 4,000 products worldwide but is actually one of the most toxic substances being consumed today.
Something that is really extraordinary is that the FDA has approved the product for mass consumption, in spite of overwhelming evidence that this artificial sweetener is dangerous. In fact, the aspartame causes neurotoxic, allergenic, metabolic, and carcinogenic effects. The conclusion that many who are dealing with this issue, why it is still approved is linked with the billions of dollars generated by the sale of aspartame each year.
Taking into consideration the amount of money involved, it’s easy to see that the artificial sweetener industry has reached the status of biggest companies (like Big Tobacco). Of course, with so much money at stake, they even don’t want to hear about the side effects and the health of the consumers. However, while the manufacturer maintains that aspartame is not a danger to your health, the scientific studies don’t necessarily agree.
In the article below you’ll find some facts that will tell you who is right.
It is made up of:
– Aspartic acid (40%),
– Phenylalanine (50%) and
– Methanol (10%).
1. Aspartic Acid
Aspartate as a neurotransmitter has the responsibility to facilitate information from one neuron to another in the brain. However, too much aspartate allows an influx of calcium into the brain cells, activating a big amount of free radicals which kill the cells. Because of the nerve cell damage that aspartate causes, it is referred to as an “excitotoxin”. The long-term excitotoxin exposure is linked to many chronic illnesses, such as:
– Multiple sclerosis,
– Hormonal problems,
– Memory loss,
– Hearing loss,
– Parkinson’s disease,
– Alzheimer’s disease,
– Brain lesions and
– Neuroendocrine disorders.
According to the research conducted by the neuroscientist Dr. John Olney, in 1971, aspartic acid caused holes in the brains of mice. Dr. John informed Searle, but this information was not transferred to the FDA. This would be a beginning of the pattern of lies and deception.
Phenylalanine is an amino acid, which affects the levels of serotonin in the brain. When the phenylalanine levels in the blood are increased because of chronically use aspartame the levels of serotonin decreases, which leads to depression, schizophrenia and make one more susceptible to seizures.
The director of the Medical Genetics, Louis J. Elsas, told the U.S. Senate in 1987 that, “Normal humans do not metabolize phenylalanine as efficiently as do lower species such as rodents and thus most of the previous studies on aspartame effects on rodents are irrelevant.” This information was not accepted by the authorities, and no additional testing was conducted.
By far, methanol (aka wood alcohol) is the most controversial ingredient in the aspartame. According to EPA assessment, methanol is considered a cumulative poison, as it has a low rate of excretion once it is absorbed.
Methanol, on 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) is oxidated to formic acid and formaldehyde. Both of these components are proven toxins.
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, which causes retinal damage, birth defects and interferes with DNA replications. According to the EPA, recommended limit is 7.8 mg/day. One liter aspartame-sweetened beverage contains about 56 mg of methanol, which is seven times the EPA limit.
The methanol poisoning causes disorders related to vision, including progressive contraction of visual fields, misty vision, blurring of vision, retinal damage, obscuration of vision, and blindness.