Aspartame, also known as NutraSweet or Equal, is one of the most toxic substances being consumed today. This artificial sweetener, currently used in over 4,000 products worldwide, entertains a sordid past and has been one of the most tested and debated food additives in the history of the FDA.
THE INGREDIENTS IN ASPARTAME
-Aspartic Acid: Aspartate, also known as Aspartic Acid, is a neurotransmitter in the brain, facilitating the transfer of information from one neuron to another. Too much aspartate allows an influx of calcium into the brain cells, triggering an excessive amount of free radicals which kill the cells. aspartate is referred to as an "excitotoxin" because of the nerve cell damage that it causes. Many chronic illnesses have been attributed to long term excitotoxin exposure, including: multiple sclerosis, ALS, memory loss, hormonal problems, hearing loss, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, hypoglycemia, dementia, brain lesions and neuroendocrine disorders.
-Phenylalanine: Phenylalanine is an amino acid normally found in the brain. Human testing has shown phenylalanine levels in the blood are increased significantly in those who chronically use aspartame. Excessive levels of phenylalanine in the brain can cause levels of serotonin to decrease, which can lead to depression, schizophrenia, and make one more susceptible to seizures.
-Methanol: By far, the most controversial ingredient in aspartame is methanol (aka wood alcohol). An EPA assessment of the methanol states that it is considered a cumulative poison due to the low rate of excretion once it is absorbed. In the body, methanol is oxidated to formaldehyde and formic acid; both of these metabolites are toxic.
KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Foods containing aspartame commonly have the following labels:
-Made with Nutrasweet
SYMPTOMS OF CONSUMING ASPARTAME
A few of the 90 different documented symptoms:
-Loss of Taste
-In 1984, 6,900,000 lbs of aspartame were consumed in the U.S.
-In 1985, G.S. Searle was bought out by Monsanto, creating the NutraSweet companys as a separate subsidiary from G.D. Searle. 14,400,000 lbs of aspartame were consumed in the U.S.
-In 1986, 15,700,000 lbs of aspartame were consumed in the U.S.
-In 1987, 17,100,000 lbs of aspartame were consumed in the U.S.
-NutraSweet stoped providing consumption data to the USDA after 1987.