A brief note before you read on: Aspartame has been a highly controversial topic for decades among researchers, the FDA, and big for-profit companies that are in bed with lawmakers.
I make every effort to provide facts (and my own opinions) that are backed by research and study. Below are my findings and my thoughts on Aspartame, now known as Amino Sweet (or AminoSweet).
I’m sure you’ve heard before that aspartame is a dangerous artificial sweetener found in many diet food items these days including diet soda, jams, chewing gum, cereal, yogurts, flavored waters (like Crystal Light) and in many more foods and beverages.
It’s important for you to know that aspartame may now be found as something different – AminoSweet.
Generally used as a sugar substitute like NutraSweet and Equal, aspartame is an excitotoxin that some researchers say destroys the brain and body. It became a controversial subject in the 1980’s when the CEO of Searle, Donald Rumsfeld, approved it to be sold on the market. With the FDA’s approval, its name is now being changed once again to try and put one over on you, the consumer.
Aspartame/AminoSweet has been continuously proven to cause harm to our health (list below), so why is the FDA allowing it to be renamed, instead of just taking it off the market altogether? You’ll have to ask the Rumsfeld Corporation, who said that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)’s decision about aspartame causing dangerous health risks was inconclusive and that they could not prove that it was a dangerous substance, and that there was “no further review on an earlier scientific opinion on the safety of aspartame or reason to revise the Acceptable Daily Intake.”
But I think that statement by the Rumsfeld Corporation is complete and utter B.S., made only to save the profit margins they so desperately try to cling to. Unfortunately, they were able to sway the politically biased FDA in their decision to rename Aspartame to AminoSweet.
Since the 70’s, studies and research has shown that aspartame can cause very serious health issues. Since 2005, European scientists have been flat out telling us that aspartame is dangerous to consume. A lot of other countries completely ban the use of aspartame in any food or beverage product – but not the USA. For crying out loud, even our own doctors found through research that aspartame caused tumors in the liver, testes and thyroid of lab rats – findings that were even confirmed by Searle themselves, the company that invented Aspartame.
Asparatme can cause brain tumors and brain cancer, says the Federal Drug Administration’s own toxicologist, Dr. Adrian Gross (and according to what I feel is credible research). In addition to cancers and tumors, top researchers have linked aspartame with the following diseases and symptoms:
- Chronic fatigue
- Memory loss
- Muscular dystrophy
- Vision loss
Saccharin, another artificial sweetener, was mandated by Congress to carry a label on all food items to say “use of this product may be hazardous to your health. This product contains saccharin, which has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals.”
Ways you can decrease your chance of consuming this horrible sweetener is by:
- Choosing whole, natural food items like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.
- Reading all the ingredients in the Ingredients List. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, chances are it’s not healthy.
- Eliminate “diet” foods and “sugar-free” items, which can actually cause weight gain and harm your health.
- Opt for green tea or water instead of Crystal light or Diet sodas.
Manufacturers know that food items, such as aspartame, are harmful to our health and addictive – and they don’t care. They just want you to become addicted to their products and make a pretty penny off of you. Why do you think we fight with cravings more and more these days? More than ever before, the food we eat is altering our hormones and brain chemistry.
If you have any of the symptoms that I listed above and find that your diet may be to blame, I suggest eliminating aspartame and diet food products out of your house altogether for four weeks. Your body (and brain) will thank you for it!
Again, this was written with the utmost responsibility in citing factual evidence and research on Aspartame and AminoSweet. If you’d like to read where I got some of my information, just read this FDA docket: http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/03/Jan03/012203/02P-0317_emc-000202.txt
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What are your thoughts on Aspartame / AminoSweet? Do you have food addictions that you struggle with in particular? Leave a comment below!