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Aspartame – Sweetener With Side Effects

Aspartame, the sweetener with many side effects, is not half as harmless as the manufacturers’ studies claim. Dangerous neurotoxins are produced during its metabolism. Memory loss, depression, blindness, and hearing loss are just some of their effects on the human organism.

The sweetener aspartame causes health problems

Aspartame is a sweetener that, like sugar, has four calories per gram. Since aspartame is 200 times sweeter than white table sugar, you only need a fraction of the amount of sugar from this sweetener and so calories are irrelevant in this case. Aspartame is also known as “NutraSweet”, “Canderel” or simply as E 951. It’s a popular sweetener because it tastes so “naturally” like sugar. Other sweeteners, such as saccharin, often have a slightly bitter aftertaste.

The sweetener aspartame is found in many foods

Aspartame was discovered in Chicago in 1965 by a chemist at the Searle Company, a subsidiary of chemical giant Monsanto. The sweetener is now contained in more than 9000 products in over 90 countries worldwide. Aspartame can be used wherever a sweet taste is desired but no sugar. If something says “Light”, “Wellness” or “Sugar-free” there is a good chance that it contains aspartame.

Aspartame and phenylketonuria

The three basic substances of aspartame are the two amino acids phenylalanine (50 percent) and aspartic acid (40 percent) and the alcohol methanol. In the human body, aspartame breaks down again into these three basic substances. Products containing aspartame must carry a warning: “Contains phenylalanine”.

This amino acid can be life-threatening for people suffering from the inherited metabolic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU). They can’t break down phenylalanine, so it builds up in their brains. PKU can result in severe intellectual disabilities. However, PKU is an extremely rare disease: only one in 7,000 newborns in Germany is born with this genetic defect.

However, it has now been shown that even people who are definitely not marked by PKU but simply enjoy soft drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners, can accumulate large amounts of phenylalanine in the brain.

Symptoms include headaches and memory loss, but emotional illnesses such as severe mood swings, depression, up to schizophrenia, and susceptibility to seizures can also appear – depending on the disposition and physical constitution.

Aspartame is allowed – natural stevia was banned until 2011

While aspartame is not without controversy, despite official approval, sweeteners from the sweet plant stevia were only allowed to be added to animal feed in the EU until December 2011. Stevia was denied approval as a food additive for decades – at least in the EU.

In countries such as Switzerland, the USA, or Japan, on the other hand, stevia has been sweetened in some cases for many years, so that the residents there have long been able to enjoy the caries-inhibiting, blood sugar-stabilizing and possibly also blood pressure-lowering effect of the sweet plant, while the EU is dealing with an Approval left time. Since December 2011, however, EU citizens have also been able to use stevia legally.

Approval for the poison cocktail aspartame

But aspartame also has a long history of approval: the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) once published a list of side effects of aspartame. The following is a small selection of the 92 supposedly well-documented symptoms that can be traced back to aspartame poisoning:

  • fear
  • arthrosis
  • asthmatic reactions
  • itching and skin irritation
  • dizzy spells
  • Tremble
  • abdominal pain
  • Fluctuations in blood sugar levels
  • Burning of the eyes and throat
  • pain when urinating
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • migraine
  • impotence
  • hair loss
  • circulatory disorders
  • Tinnitus (= ringing in the ears)
  • menstrual cramps
  • eye problems
  • weight gain

A 2017 review found that aspartame has harmful effects on almost all organs, such as the brain, heart, kidneys, intestines, etc. – not only in high doses but also in doses that are considered safe (less than 40 mg per kg of body weight).

Lemonade with aspartame or just formaldehyde?

Nevertheless, aspartame was approved as a food additive by the same agency. Despite this, people are led to believe that they are eating particularly healthily if they prefer light or diet products. And yet it is claimed in a dangerous, eyewash manner that even children can be “fed” sweeteners such as aspartame without hesitation.

Methanol, which is produced when aspartame is broken down in the body, breaks down further in the body – into formaldehyde and formic acid. Formaldehyde is found in wood glue and used as a preservative in cosmetics; yes, it can even be mixed in baby shampoos. Although it has been officially classified as a mutagenic substance, its use is far from being banned.

Incidentally, the amount of formaldehyde that you automatically ingest as a long-term user of aspartame is far higher than new plywood furniture can ever evaporate. Symptoms of methanol or formaldehyde poisoning include headaches and dizziness, irritation of the mucous membranes, central nervous system disorders, and eye disorders.

Important for diabetics in relation to aspartame

The latter is particularly important for diabetics. Diabetes is widely recognized as a disease that can cause eye problems and often blindness. But if you now look at the sweetener consumption of an average diabetic, the question might arise as to whether it is actually diabetes that leads to eye problems or rather the large amounts of aspartame that are consumed every day.

The neurotoxin aspartic acid

The third component of aspartame – aspartic acid – is also tough: When this amino acid breaks through the blood-brain barrier, it slowly begins to destroy the nerve cells there. Memory loss, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and many other problems for which mainstream medicine has yet to find a clear cause are now emerging.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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