For a big business, it’s easy to see why aspartame would be a good thing. It’s approximately 180 times sweeter than sugar, making it cost efficient; it can be marketed as a calorie-free sweetener, and with the recent dieting craze, this is a huge boon unto itself. It has achieved mass-distribution, and is now present in over 6000 foods and beverages sold worldwide. It commonly finds a place in confections, candies, and similar goods, but has also recently found a place in many brands of chewable vitamins. It is also one of the most commonly used sugar substitutes used by diabetics.
It has long been known that aspartame breaks down into its constituents under many circumstances that a food substance would encounter in the human body: extremes of acidity or alkalinity, heat, etc., In optimal situations, aspartame has an approximate half life of only about 300 days. At pH 7, though, the half-life is reduced to but a few days. Aspartame has been shown to be unstable in water with certain pH levels.
The rapid hydrolization of aspartame in the body is often greeted with spikes of phenylalaline and aspartic acid, which result in chemical imbalances, as well as markedly sharp increases in methanol levels within the body where the body is not used to encountering it.
There is speculation as to whether or not aspartame has both genotoxic, neurotoxic, and carcinogenic effects on humans (as well as many other animals). Questions have come up regarding the link between aspartame and such diseases as brain cancer, lymphoma, autism, retardation, and others.
Symptoms of aspartame poisoning allegedly include: blindness, pain in the eyes, tinnitus, seizures, headaches, migraines, dizziness, drowsiness, unsteadiness, memory loss, slurring of speech, facial pain, tremors, depression, irritability, aggression, anxiety, personality changes, insomnia, irrational phobias, shortness of breath, high blood pressure, nausea, diarrhea, blood in stool, abdominal pain, itching, hives, respiratory allergies, diabetic issues, menstrual changes, thinning or loss of hair, weight loss, weight gain, hypoglycemia, severe PMS, excessive thirst, water retention, burning during urination, bloating, susceptibility to infection, brain damage, birth defects, peptic ulcers, addiction to sweets, hyperactivity, suicidal tendencies, and many, many, many more.
These, of course, are all just purely speculative. Worldwide reports on the dangers and side effects of aspartame certainly must all be wrong and the reporters of them are obviously all liars.
Because the FDA would never, ever lie to you.
Because you can sleep well at night knowing that the FDA is looking out for your best interests at all times.
Aspartame is not a hazard to your health and should be removed from your diet altogether. But do you know what aspartame is good for? Ant poison. Aspartame is one of the most effective ant poisons there is, killing all the ants that eat it, but sparing the nest the ravages of more violent poisons, or even manual destruction.
Aspartame actually kills the ants by frying certain parts of their brain. The ants have a miniature version of what we would consider a stroke combined with a heart attack, and die soon thereafter.
Sure, they’re just ants. What’s bad to them might not necessarily be bad for us. But it’s the way that the neurotoxin present in aspartame works that’s disturbing; it could foreseeably have similar or identical effects on humans, provided proportional doses were taken in. As ants have a much, much, much shorter life span than us, it’s easy to disregard the effect aspartame has on them. But one thing that should be considered is that humans can accumulate proportionately much larger sums of aspartame in the body through daily consumption of aspartame-ridden food items. What accumulates in the body may eventually have a similar effect on humans as it does in ants: that is, brain-death.
If your diet is high in aspartame, please reconsider your choices of foods.
Your body will thank you.