Artificial sweeteners especially aspartame (AKA: Nutrasweet, Equal, etc.) have gotten a bad rap over the years, most likely due to studies showing they cause cancer. But not to worry Ajinomoto the company that makes Aspartame has changed the name to AminoSweet. It has the same toxic ingredients but a nice new sounding name. And if you or your child happens to be allergic to Aspartame, well don’t take it personally it’s just business.
Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners produce the taste sensation of sweetness, but not the satiety (the feeling of fullness) that naturally sweet whole foods and fruits do. This “void” left by artificial sweeteners and other chemical changes they trigger in the body leads to increased consumption of more carbohydrates and weight gain, along with a long list of other problems.
You have similar problems with HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), which has become the sweetener of choice in thousands of products—including everything from ketchup and baked goods to soft drinks. Your pancreas doesn’t recognize HFCS as a sugar, and doesn’t produce the hormones amylin or leptin which provide that feeling of fullness or satiety I mentioned earlier and influence how fat is deposited within the body.
And now we’ve learned that HFCS is being contaminated with mercury during the manufacturing process— to such an extent that, based on average consumption rates, Americans could be ingesting close to 30 micrograms of mercury a day.
If you’re a diet soda lover, here’s something to consider. That soft drink may be refreshing but the evidence is mounting that it’s cancer in a can. Yet, thanks to the FDA, you won’t find a label anywhere that warns of the serious risks of the artificial chemical used to make these taste so sweet without sugar. In fact, the FDA has been strangely silent about warning you.
Today, I’ll tell you about very real problems with NutraSweet, or aspartame and how you can sweeten your favorite foods and drinks naturally and safely. A new study not only reinforces my view that aspartame in sufficient doses is a poison that can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and incurable cancers but also adds something new. What’s new is the evidence that levels of NutraSweet similar to those found in diet soft drinks cause breast cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, and malignant tumors in animals.
They also discovered a sobering fact for expecting mothers: when exposed to aspartame from fetal life onwards, the risk that your child will eventually develop life-threatening cancer increases dramatically. So if you’re pregnant, I recommend that you put that diet soft drink down right now. And tell your young ones to do the same.
Despite the evidence gained over the years showing that aspartame is a dangerous toxin, it has remained on the global market . In continues to gain approval for use in new types of food despite evidence showing that it causes neurological brain damage, cancerous tumors, and endocrine disruption, among other things.
Most consumers are oblivious to the fact that Aspartame was invented as a drug but upon discovery of its’ sweet taste was magically transformed from a drug to a food additive.
Over 25 years ago, aspartame was first introduced into the European food supply. Today, it is an everyday component of most diet beverages, sugar-free desserts, and chewing gums in countries worldwide. But the tides have been turning as the general public is waking up to the truth about artificial sweeteners like aspartame and the harm they cause to health. The latest aspartame marketing scheme is a desperate effort to indoctrinate the public into accepting the chemical sweetener as natural and safe, despite evidence to the contrary.
Aspartame was an accidental discovery by James Schlatter, a chemist who had been trying to produce an anti-ulcer pharmaceutical drug for G.D. Searle & Company back in 1965. Upon mixing aspartic acid and phenylalanine, two naturally-occurring amino acids, he discovered that the new compound had a sweet taste. The company merely changed its FDA approval application from drug to food additive and, voila, aspartame was born.
G.D. Searle & Company first patented aspartame in 1970. An internal memo released in the same year urged company executives to work on getting the FDA into the “habit of saying yes” and of encouraging a “subconscious spirit of participation” in getting the chemical approved.
For years, the GD Searle Corp., tried in vain yo get it approved. No one wanted to go near the stuff. The FDA refused to approve it for 16 years. In fact, according to a report by Dr. Adrian Gross, the FDA’s own toxicologist, told Congress that “without a shadow of a doubt, aspartame can cause brain tumors and brain cancer…”
G.D. Searle & Company submitted its first petition to the FDA in 1973 and fought for years to gain FDA approval, submitting its own safety studies that many believed were inadequate and deceptive. Despite numerous objections, including one from its own scientists, the company was able to convince the FDA to approve aspartame for commercial use in a few products in 1974, igniting a blaze of controversy.
In 1976, then FDA Commissioner Alexander Schmidt wrote a letter to Sen. Ted Kennedy expressing concern over the “questionable integrity of the basic safety data submitted for aspartame safety”. FDA Chief Counsel Richard Merrill believed that a grand jury should investigate G.D. Searle & Company for lying about the safety of aspartame in its reports and for concealing evidence proving the chemical is unsafe for consumption.
Did you know it’s against the law to expose people to a drug found to induce cancer in experimental animals? (It’s called the “Delaney Clause.”) Doing so amounts to genocide and treason, both of which, as I understand it, are still illegal.
Anyway, instead of blacklisting the chemical with a “POISON!” sign like they should have, the perps down at the FDA stamped it with their coveted GRAS clearance. In case you’re not familiar with the acronym, it means “generally regarded as safe.”
The details of aspartame’s history are lengthy, but the point remains that the carcinogen was illegitimately approved as a food additive through heavy-handed prodding by a powerful corporation with its own interests in mind. Practically all drugs and food additives are approved by the FDA not because science shows they are safe but because companies essentially lobby the FDA with monetary payoffs and complete the agency’s multi-million dollar approval process.
Changing aspartame’s name to something that is “appealing and memorable”, in Ajinomoto’s own words, may hoodwink some but hopefully most will reject this clever marketing tactic as nothing more than a desperate attempt to preserve the company’s multi-billion dollar cash cow. Do not be deceived.
Did you know that 66 percent of adults and 40 percent of children consume products containing this deadly neurotoxin? (This statistic is from 2000, so I’m sure these percentages are higher by now—especially considering former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s Diet Coke push in public schools.)
For years, doctors and scientists have scratched their heads over the “mysterious” rise in neurological diseases. But there’s no mystery about it. Hundreds of diseases can be traced back to one root cause: aspartame. Over the years, various reports have implicated aspartame in headaches, memory loss, seizures, vision loss, coma, and cancer. It also appears to worsen or mimic the symptoms of such conditions as fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, ADD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, and depression.
And it makes sense: A toxin like aspartame goes to many different types of cells, but it seems to have a particular liking for the cells of the central and peripheral nervous systems. That means that the damage from aspartame can show up anywhere the nerves are—which, of course, is anywhere in the body. And because it attacks your body at the cellular level, it can cause any number of diseases. The collection of signs and symptoms will vary, but the diseases will still come back to one root cause—aspartame.
My advice is to steer clear of any product that contains NutraSweet. If you find that you’re suffering from any of the symptoms I’ve mentioned, stop consuming any “sugar-free” products for at least 60 days and see if they go away.
These toxins are MAKING US FAT!
Aside from these risks, now there’s even more proof that these toxins are helping you pack on the pounds. Some recent research conducted at Purdue University shows that a group of test subjects fed artificial sweeteners subsequently consumed THREE TIMES THE CALORIES of those given ordinary sugar (not a good thing to eat, either, by the way).
That means some of the very things most mainstream doctors recommend for weight loss (diet soda, Sweet-N-low, etc.) are causing us to crave calories and binge on unhealthy carbohydrates. No wonder we’re all getting fatter!
The use of aspartame is as detrimental to your health as any chemical ever! It’s not easy to avoid, either. Aspartame is in hundreds of different colas, desserts, candies, and other junk foods.
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